New Steel Road Bike Advice

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by yogin78, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. yogin78

    yogin78 New Member

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    Great forums all. I have been taking a look around and there are some interesting discussions.

    Hopefully some of you might be able to help me out. I’m just getting back into cycling and I’m looking to get a new road bike. Given that I am just starting to pick up cycling again, I don’t really want to go the custom route (save that for later when I have a better idea of my riding).

    The problem is, I have been having a hard time finding what I am looking for at any of my local bike shops. What I would like: a new bike with a high quality steel frame, traditional stage race geometry (not a compact or sloping top-tube frame), and campy components. I’ll spend for quality, durability etc., but I’m not ready to pay for flashy paint jobs etc.

    A few years back this would have been relatively easy to find. Now, it seems almost impossible. Now, everyone seems to be making everything in carbon fiber. Nothing wrong with cf, but not my thing. I know there are several custom builders who specialise in the frames I like, but, as I said, I am trying to avoid going custom at this point.

    Any thoughts/recommendations that won’t completely break the bank?
     
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  2. RickF

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    You are about ten years too late. It is tough to find Campy components or a steel frame on any bike in the US unless it is a custom bike. Even the traditional geometry frames in aluminum or carbon fiber are in the minority. Serotta does have stock steel frames with traditional geometry, and you can choose whatever components you want. http://www.serotta.com/pages/fierte_steel.html The frame alone, though, is $1195. The custom steel frame is $1695.
     
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    Yeah, about the only way you are going to find campy on a quality steel frame is to go to a boutique brand (read: expensive) where you start with a frame and add a grouppo. LeMond has a steel frame but they went to Shimano to keep the price down. A good place to start: Independent Fabrications.
     
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    Thanks for all the input. Yeah, after looking around some more, I've realised that I'll probably have to go with a boutique brand. Start with a frame and then build it up with a gruoppo. Although, the LeMond at that price looks pretty nice....
     
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    The Jamis Eclipse. Frame is Renolds 831 steel/carbon fiber. The top tube, seat tube, rear wishbone and fork are carbon fiber. The rest is steel. Comes with campy components. Price $2850. It is a sweet bike, as I rode one this summer. If I had the money I would have one.
     
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    I think I would go with the LeMond for s start and then decide if you want to upgrade it, or go for a custom build later. I wish I had noticed the LeMond when I bought my Alloy framed bike(s) as I personally thought it was a very good value package.
     
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    yogin78 New Member

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    All good suggestions. The Pegorettis are really nice! Waterfords too. And the last suggestion - the LeMond - I happened to see the '07 Sarthe at a LBS yesterday and I was impressed given the price of the bike. I really wanted campy stuff, but for the price, a LeMond / Shimano might be a great way to go...
     
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