Hmm Dragon I'm not sure either of us are qualified to comment on bike design and materials.
I'm not trying to tell the marketplace what to do or how to design a bike. I am just wondering if anyone has designed a bike that fits my wants, just what exactly is your issue with that?
Given that we place our trust in designers, its up to us as consumers to select the bike that fits our wants, I have faith that the material selected for a particular bike will do its job.
So my preference is for a bike where the designer has used steel, it looks nicer. All other things being equal, it is as good a reason as any to choose a bike.
Anyway to counter the idea that steel is not a good material for a small FS frame I would point out that
1) Even with my limited engineering knowledge I do not think that just because a frame is small that steel is the wrong material, so we can discount that assumption.
2) There are three steel fs frames out there that I know of. One of which (rocket) I would buy in a heartbeat if it were
a) available, and
b) slightly smaller.
3) Are you a better bike designer than Cy at Cotic, because he seems to think steel is a great material for a FS frame.
Oldanpastit I can see your point, but the Cotic Rocket has 31.6 seat tube, with pivot mounts welded to it. So does the Pinner.
Again, I'm not an engineer or bike designer, I'm a hopeful consumer with a want.