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Why is it so hard to find a steel frame?

Old 03-09-07, 08:32 AM
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Why is it so hard to find a steel frame?

Hey guys I am trying to build up a new bike but I am having a heck of a time finding a steel frame to build. Is it possible to buy just the frame off of a Lemond Sarthe, Lemond Croix de Fer, Bianchi Vigorelli, Bianchi Imola ect....

Who sells just frames? Where can I find frames? Steel or titanium only. No carbon. Thanks

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If you're looking to save money - you need to get a pre-built ready to go bike that is probably going to be aluminum today. For an inexpensive steel frame that you insist on building , a Surly will probably do - check Excelsports etc.

COuple options :

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/galaxy.htm

http://www.excelsports.com/new.asp?p...ajor=1&minor=1
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I have a 'Soma', which has been a good build. Here is the link.........................

http://www.somafab.com/
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Originally Posted by Turboem1

Who sells just frames? Where can I find frames? I want steel or titanium although I am looking to save some money

Well, that last sentence pretty much puts the kibosh on this thread...
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross
Well, that last sentence pretty much puts the kibosh on this thread...
I was about to recommend the Colnago Master x-light.
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I find eBay to be a great sourse of quality steel frames, but they seem to be going for more and more money these days.
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Old 03-09-07, 08:41 AM
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Soma and Surly both sell reasonably priced steel frames.
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Try Landshark or Strong frames. Doesn't Spectrum do steel?
There is a Steel model on BikesDirect that is Reynolds 853.

Also might want to check ebay for an older Italian lugged frame...Ciocc, Pinarello, Bianchi, etc. Those make great build projects.
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Don't forget about IF. They have a new steel frame that is as light as titanium. All I can say is yummy!!
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Ciocc COM 12.5 Frameset for $450 at www.repartocorse.com

Titanium frame for around $800 at http://www.habcycles.com/index.html

Kind of depends on how much you want to spend and what you want to use it for.
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http://www.gunnarbikes.com/
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GVHbikes.com has a lot of steel frames for decent prices.
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Originally Posted by rufvelo
If you're looking to save money - you need to get a pre-built ready to go bike that is probably going to be aluminum today. For an inexpensive steel frame that you insist on building , a Surly will probably do - check Excelsports etc.
I do not want a full bike. I want just a frame.

Originally Posted by Bob Ross
Well, that last sentence pretty much puts the kibosh on this thread...
Ok I edited my first post. I shouldnt have said I wanted to save money. I want steel or titanium.

I want a road bike for group rides and maybe some cat 5 racing.

I do not know what to expect for prices but lets just say make it reasonable. No crazy expensive companies but not cheap either, whatever that price may be.
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Check out the Salsa La Raza

http://www.salsacycles.com/laraza.html
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I've got one for sale.

Centurion Pro Tour 15. 1983, I think. Blue - looks like new. Make me an offer. Size 56-57.

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How about Jamis?
Isn't that a reputable brand?
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Steel frames are so hard to find because steel is so totally real.
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maxway

And who would like to guess which factory makes the steel frames for
SALSA
BIANCHI
MERCIER
SPECIALIZED
JAMIS

??

My personal opinion it is easy to evaluate the value in high grade steel bikes available at under $2000 in the USA. Components & frames are easy to compare.

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The other option is to buy the frame you want (with all the stock components) and upgrade to what you want for a component set. That's what I did, since I couldn't find just a frame that I wanted. Found a bike shop that would give me a straight trade in at list price on all components, put it in writing with a healthy deposit and while it took a couple of months, I got what I wanted in the end. The only original parts on the bike are the fork and the handlebars. Changed, swapped or already had everything else.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Don't forget about IF. They have a new steel frame that is as light as titanium. All I can say is yummy!!
+1
you might wanna let us know how much you want to spend.
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Get a nice titanium frame from Independent Fabrication.
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Stock frames (lugged 631) about $700, reasonable prices on customs too
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Because steel is cheap and cheaper bikes are hard to mark up. +1 to gunnar. Mine's great
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www.torelli.com You won't regret it!
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Maxway Bicycles - several steel frames to choose from
http://bicycle-frame.bicyclenet.com....bike-frame.htm

Also, try here:
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