I've been thinking about buying a new steel road bike frame. Probably going to do something "affordable" like nice wheels and 105 gruppo. Some searching has got me looking at Mondonico and Torelli frames. I might also consider a custom frame from Independent Fabrication or Waterford. Just wondering if anyone here has a new steel bike and what it weighs and how it rides.
My Waterford was built in 2007 and the 61cm frame weighs 1650g. The steel is Reynolds 953 (fork blades are 531). It weighs 20 pounds ready to ride, and I'm certain I could get it down to around 17 if I went with lighter wheels, saddle, and threadless CF fork, but I like it as it is.
I'm on a double oversize KVA stainless with lugs. The bike is outfitted an old Campy record group from the turn of the century. Without pedals, waterbottles or spare, it came in at 18 lbs. I love the ride. I love the bike.