Sunday best steel road bikes
Off the peg rather than bespoke.Posted 5 years ago
Genesis equilibrium looks nice, but what else to consider?
Also, how is the ride going to compare to carbon? I can’t decide between something like a specialized roubaix or something in steel.
Use will be for 50 milers + in the dry.
They’re lovely, a real pleasure, but you notice the extra kilo plus if you’re out with others.
My Sunday best is a classic bike which is having a respray soon, metalic amber. Already bought the electric blue Bennoto tape 😳
Retro/vintage/whatever is an option if you allow for a bit of tidying up?Posted 5 years agoMrSmithMember
Not all steel bikes are created equal. an oversize thin walled tigged with a good carbon forked bike will ride better than a stovepipe cheapie with poor tubing choice with small O/D’s
Good steel bikes don’t ride heavy even if they carry an extra 1lb and half , as long as its under 19lb you really aren’t going to notice, it’s only 20lb bikes with their 2kg wheelsets that feel sluggish to ride.Posted 5 years ago
Personally I would prefer a sorted alloy bike if my budget was limited and you couldn’t stretch to a rourke, scapin, pegoretti etc.
Thanks guys – more to think about. Has geometry changed much over say the last 30 years? I like the idea of a vintage projects, but not if the angles are all wrong. I know it may sound like a stupid question, but we have grown taller and fatter over that period, I’d expect the geometry to change too?Posted 5 years ago
A bit, 30 years ago I’d be on a bigger frame than I use now, that’s because they were square and you’d have far less post.Posted 5 years ago
My 86 steel race bike is very compact, lovely to ride though and a joy to just look at. Beautiful cut out lugs, slotted bottom bracket and internal rear brake routing (it’s not a new idea kids)jamesoSubscriber
I do think about a new road bike from time to time. My Equilibrium does the job just fine (OK I’m biased..) and makes a great bike for winter miles, would happily ride it year-round, but I do look up S/H Master X-lites from time to time – just a gorgeous bike but I wonder if the ride lives up to the looks / price.Posted 5 years ago
Otherwise, I don’t think a Rourke 953 custom can be beat for £1600. 953 can make a stunning road bike and Rourkes are a bit above the rest in that area imo. Looked at a lot of bikes at the Bristol shows and they really were a stand-out both years. Waterford would be another nice option for S3 or 853 – really well put together.
thomthumb, the Master looks a bit wrong nowadays. Perhaps it’s the OS stem or the huge Ergos?
iainc, I don’t find myself agreeing with that. I got back my old Gios that I used to race, the Campagnolo and Cinelli was S H one T by modern standards, but the frame was a delight. As is my SL tubed frame I have now, it can still show it’s colours if you put the hammer down.
This is my favorite Master, shame you can’t still buy one in Molteni Orange.Posted 5 years ago
geoffj, it was.. don’t let that put you off! ) Just had to declare my bias. The original proto frame was built up with my old road bike’s parts and is hiding in a cellar in Provence, waiting for a long trip over Ventoux and down to the coast. Been doing more things along those lines but prob a bit OT to discuss.
For dry/summer 50 milers, buy something that appeals to the soul ) Like having a classic 60’s 911 in cream and chrome for summer evenings..Posted 5 years agomattsccmMember
Be aware that many modern steel frame suppliers are cagey about the steel they use. All sorts of fancy names can’t hide the fact that some or little more than gas pipe as we used to call it. Eg Planet X say lovely things about my Kaffenback and it rides fine but its noticeably heavier than my older and bigger 531c frame. Ditto my Cotic X. Weighs a ton. Weight isn’t every thing of course.Save a few pounds with a light groupset and wheels? Reynolds 520 isn’t anything special and steel forks that are not identifeid are always hefty. 725 is nicer.Posted 5 years ago
Of course the new super steels and wonderful.
You could happily buy a classic 531 tubed bike and enjoy it for decades.RichTSubscriber
I’ve got a salsa pistola, but if I was buying now I would get this:Posted 5 years ago
http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/ritchey-wcs-road-logic-frameset-3394-p.aspcharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
Mine is a Tom ritchey road logic….
This is mine (red stem has now gone)
This is what they look like it you are trying to sell them..
Handling is lovely, impeccable manners. You can wind it up easily, but it also does an excellent job of shrugging off our crappy road surfaces. I got it for 50 to 100 mile runs (partly because less than 50 is not long enough) and it delivers comfort and speed. I am crap at sticking to tarmac, and this bike sees a lot of dirt and gravel, which its pretty good at if you ride fast and light, pick a good line. I am very fond of this bike. Seriously the last road bike I will probably ever buy for myself.
And here is a link… http://www.charliethebikemonger.com/ritchey-wcs-road-logic-frameset-3394-p.aspPosted 5 years ago
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