I'm starting to put some good mileage on my first homebuilt steel frame. My other road bike is an aluminum Trek and I'm noticing some interesting ride quality differences. One of the most striking differences is the feel at speeds. Essentially, my new steel frame "feels" slower than my aluminum frame. The data on my cyclocomputer refutes that, but my mind keeps saying "you're going too slow" (even when I'm comfortably cruising at +17mph average, which for me is pretty quick). This is not necessarily good or bad, just different. I think it's a little like trying to describe different wines.
A couple of theories:
- My steel frame could be less stiff than my old aluminum frame, producing a smoother, less jarring ride. Maybe my mind thinks jarring is fast.
- My new frame has definite touring geometry (73* HT & ST, long CS, bigger tires, etc.) and my old frame is more of a sport geometry. This is somewhat related to the first point above.
The counter observation is that the ride is super smooth and very comfortable, which was the goal to begin with.
Anyone have similar experience?