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Old 04-12-11, 08:23 PM   #1
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Langster: Steel or Aluminum?

So, I had to sell my road bike to fund my wedding in June, but this summer I'll be graduating from College and want to treat myself (as long as I have a job, that is). I loved my Allez, it fit me like a glove and really want another bike that fits that well. However, I want something that's super simple and stripped down for riding around the park and paved paths.

So, being that I'm a Specialized fan, I'm looking at their Langsters, steel and aluminum in size 58cm. I want something comfortable, rugged, durable, and simple. Now the geo on the aluminum seems more in line with the Allez (head tube, top tube, etc). So, I feel like I would feel a bit more at home almost instantly on that one.

However, I really like the ride of steel, but, the steel langster has a more "classic track geo." Smaller head tube seems to be the major difference.

Both are the same price, so what should I be thinking here? Would you guys care to lend me some advice?
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If you're not riding really far, the track geo may be more "fun" to you, I know it is to me and a lot of others here.
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Steel with threaded headset, quill stem, drops, and box section rims.
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I'd be riding 10 miles max around a bike route locally. Laps around the park, etc. When I move to Chicago next year I'll be riding the MUPs out there, too, so I need to keep that in mind as well.

I'm physically able to handle the "aggressive" geo of a road frame with a flipped down stem, etc. But, I don't want anything too extreme.
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If you really liked the Allez and want to have a similar feel, go with the Al.
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You should go with the cro-mo. I used to think aluminum was amazing to ride...then i got a steel single speed...then sold all my aluminum geared bikes to buy more steel single speeds! I currently own no bikes with gears or aluminum! Best choice I've ever made.
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If you have the chance I would test ride them both and see what you like. You may prefer an aluminum frame with carbon fork over a steel bike, or vise versa. It really comes down to personal preference. I would say a saddle and nice tires will make the biggest difference, so pick whichever bike you will enjoy riding more.
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Langsters, aluminum in size 58cm.
I am selling my 2007 Langster frame and fork in 58cm possibly....
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its a personal preference thing.

both of the Langsters have road geometry, not track geo (you would have to look at the S-works to see track geo). I have the AL Langster, and it is light, fast, responsive, smooth. Just about perfect for a road bike. I have a steel track bike which I also love, but it is not as responsive as the AL. On the other hand the track geometry makes the bike handle more like a sports car.

But neither of the langsters are track bikes, the steel is just going to be a little duller and less responsive than the AL (espeically when putting power down). Its all marketing and looks, so pick the bike you think looks better.
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