Steel Road Frames
Kaffenback if you’re on a budget and don’t mind the slight weight penalty (none of which may be true if you’re considering custom!)
OrPosted 4 years ago
Ye, I think althought speaking to rourke, and as lovely as your work appears online Ben, I think I’d rather keep the budget lower as at the end of the day it is a winter frame, however one of my reasons for choosing steel is I like the idea of hanging it up in the garage and using it year after year.
One of the reasons I considered custom though was to get the geometry matching my summer bike, CAAD10, with no spacers, a flat headset cap and a 130mm stem, as the looks of the genesis suggest its going to be a little high.Posted 4 years agomattsccmMember
I may have said this before here, but many modern steel bikes are nothing special.To many 531 was a standard. Sub that was cheap and heavy. Above was nice.Posted 4 years ago
I would suggest that many modern mass produced bike steel bikes fall into the sub category. I have both a Kaff and a Cotic X. Both are heavier and a poorer ride than my 1983 531c Raleigh. All sorts of fancy labels are slpped ont eh frames to tell you what wonderful steel they are made of but realisticall they tell you nothing.
Now of course weight isn’t everything and a nice riding heavy frame is better than a bad riding feather weight but buyers should be aware of the nature of many modern steel frames. The cheaper ones especially. Buy a nice 531 frame from the paper and modernise it a bit at a time .
I may have said this before here, but many modern steel bikes are nothing special.To many 531 was a standard. Sub that was cheap and heavy. Above was nice.
Yup – though it should also be said that, while old frames used pretty good tubing a lot of the time, the standards of framebuilding were sometimes shockingly bad.Posted 4 years ago
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