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Is steel real ? I dont know but i'm about to find out.

Old 09-23-10, 02:01 AM
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Is steel real ? I dont know but i'm about to find out. *****Initial impressions page4

Just received my frame today from Waterford. It's a Gunnar roadie. Just finished assembling and installing everything. Tommorrow i'll take it out for a spin. Its a fairly conservative build up. I wanted a bike I could ride distances more comfortably. I love my CAAD9 to death as well but I feel this will be a good change of pace. No garage pic yet as I have not rode it yet but heres some snaps from my work area.

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Steel is extremely real. Have a blast!
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Asking if steel's real, and running it along with some carbon parts was unexpected...

The paint finish looks very nice.
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this will definitely be a nice second bike for you.

recently i broke the chain on my Ti Merlin before having to do an 80 mile ride, and not having another 10-sp chain on hand, i took my alu bianchi, which is set up pretty aggressively, that thing beat me to hell over 80 miles. the next weekend i rode a century on the Merlin, and the ride comfort increase was unquestionable.

if you have a race oriented alu bike, steel or Ti is a good thing to have in your stable as well, good luck with it!
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Originally Posted by FreddyV
Asking if steel's real, and running it along with some carbon parts was unexpected...
Same thoughts here. Can steel be real with a carbon fork????

Still, should be a very cool ride. A nice change of pace.
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Nice. I love gunnar and wateford bikes.
I own bikes made from CF, aluminum, and steel. They are all nice in their own way. Quality of construction matters more than anything.
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This fellow SR-22 owner welcomes you to the club. We'll have to get 'show us your Waterford' thread going if one doesn't already exist.
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It's imaginary.
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Very nice!
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i guess wrong choice of words considering I have a carbon fork. It was very late last night

i hope it compliments my CAAD9 well, taking it out for a spin tonight
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that's a nice clean-looking bike. wouldn't mind having something like that as well.
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Those Gunnar frames are quite nice. I just built up a Boron steel Bianchi last week and took it for it's first ride yesterday. It's a much different ride than my carbon framed bike. Very smooth and mine is even a little stiff, but you can feel the road where my carbon bike you can't. I think it rides nicer than the carbon bike, but I will say the carbon bike takes off when you step on the pedals. More so than the steel bike.
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"The secret of steel has always carried with it a mystery.
You must learn its riddle.
You must learn its discipline.
For no one - no one in this world can you trust.
Not men, not women, not beasts.
[Steel] This you can trust.

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i love gunnars
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Did they form the shape of that cutout pointing in between
those open leg-like seat stays like "that" on purpose?



(nice build)
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That's a beautifully built frame. Great looking crafstmanship.

And, no, steel is made up. Once you realize that bike frame isn't there you'll fall down.
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Irrespective of all the nonsense that is talked about what material rides best, I like the aesthetics of steel - and Ti, for that matter. No carbon or alu frame has quite the same cleanliness of line.
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I've been very pleased with my Gunnar Sport. I have Roval SL (CX) wheels and don't worry about where my ride takes me. The bike can take it.
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Originally Posted by chasm54
Irrespective of all the nonsense that is talked about what material rides best, I like the aesthetics of steel - and Ti, for that matter. No carbon or alu frame has quite the same cleanliness of line.
To some extend I agree. But I think carbon, often, has its own aesthetic which is also very nice.
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Gunnar makes a nice frame.

Enjoy it!
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Originally Posted by 2ndGen


[B][SIZE="4"]Did they form the shape of that cutout pointing in between
those open leg-like seat stays like "that" on purpose?
Yes, to prevent the bottom of the slot from cracking.

(git yer mind out of the gutter, boy ).
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What happened to to 6282 6283? It looks really nice. Too bad they started making Rival in Carbon. I have the first gen which is all alloy. Is this 853 or Columbus?
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Yes, to prevent the bottom of the slot from cracking.

(git yer mind out of the gutter, boy ).


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Beautiful bike! The craftsmanship is astonishing to say the least. Those welds are beautifully done!
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