I am considering getting an All-City Macho Man or Surly Crosscheck frame, and swapping over my components. The reason is that my current AL CX frame is 6 years old, and ridden hard- so I'm concerned about frame failure, as well as I miss the feel of a Steel bike.
My question is - any racers out there on Steel? My current bike is just over 20lbs with a carbon fork (that I would switch over). I estimate that the Steel bike in my size, with my current components, would probably run 23.5lbs or so. Not a big deal - but I've read reviews on both the Macho Man and Crosscheck, where people say they feel those extra pounds after a few laps.
Any thoughts? If you have a steel CX bike - how does it do on road/group rides too (I use my CX bike for everything).