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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:37 am 
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I have been riding a Klein Stage Comp T so far but after trying out my brothers Eddy Merckx MX Leader i think it is time for steel frame. I have the feeling that they ride so much better - at least this one does.

so as i am looking around i have seen cinelli supercorsas, tommasini tecno's but wanted to know if someone around here has any good recommendations on steel frames (which not only the superrich can afford) - new and old ones. i have a full dura ace groupset from last year, so everything ready to start. a bit of a classic-modern mix you know....


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:46 am 
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I think you could do a lot worse than one of the Raleigh Special Products division ones.
Roadies are fussy buggers, and this means you can sometimes get them for suprisingly little.
Why not put up a wanted ad here and see what comes up?
As for new, see what comes up. But Eddisons springs to mind.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:03 pm 
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speaking from experience 531 is 'awesome'

I had a 753 custom Raleigh which was increadibly light, esp due to the size of the beast! but this tubing is REAL flexi and I ended up cracking the seat tube just above the BB but I was running it fixed at the time.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:17 pm 
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For contemporary builds - Salsa, IF (Independent Fabrication), Roberts or Rock Lobster (US). Roberts will build you a bike for life tailored uniquely to you.


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 Post subject: Steel frames
PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 6:24 pm 
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I have a Merckx Corsa Extra and its ride is superb.
Another that I have often looked at is a new Gios, they do a lovely steel frame for around £500 new.
Bianchi have just released a steel bike with chromed lugs and old style decals, the Dolomiti.
I must admit I really like the GIOS :wink:

Jamie


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:08 pm 
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anything columbus sl/slx/tsx


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im going from slx steel to klein, so im doing the exact oposit :)


the slx feels soooo good though, im not going to lie.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:13 pm 
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Bob Jackson? Mercian?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:26 pm 
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mellon farmer wrote:
speaking from experience 531 is 'awesome'


+1! esp. if you want to ride fixed & throw in some back roads.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:28 pm 
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+1 here for a merckx corsa extra. I'm on my second. Love 'em.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:32 pm 
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IMO De Rosa Primato/Neo Primato or Merckx Strada SL, Corsa Extra SLX or (& if you can find one in correct size) MX leader.

FWIW I ride the three merckx classics listed and find that the 'Strada' & 'Corsa' flex a little (only a little) when sprinting. When I built up the MX leader it was like a reawakening. If you're a 180lb plus rider the MAX tubing lives up to it's expectations (have not doubt).


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