With a modern carbon fork and geometry that suits you and your riding style a steel bike will climb and descend just as well as a carbon one.
I’d say find a local builder (which will be pretty easy to do in Portland) and enjoy the design process. I’d also consider stainless if weight is your primary focus but you’ll end up with a more oversized tube set (which may not be the look your going for) and a bigger whole in your wallet.
Here is an early pic from his gallery. Mine is the silver/marron fade with the red bling.
Great out of the saddle as well and climbing. descends like it is on rails. It looks a bit different now tho.
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If you want options of build stiffness and ease of maintenance (say you live in a region of high rainfall / humidity), the latest stainless steels like Reynolds 931 or KVA are the way to go. They come in seamless and wider range of tubing diameters. Allowing builders more leeway in shaping the tubes to your desired ride characteristics. And they are cheaper (as far as I know) than XCR and 953.
go4custom wrote:Check out the few threads I have on my Steel Sycip. There is not much difference I can tell between my BMC and Sycip. But what I can tell you is this...There is nothing better than being able to walk into a builders shop, discuss exactly what you want, how you want to ride, what you want it to do, and have a "say" in what the final product will be. Try this with any "big" carbon brand and you'll find there is no chance you'll get what you want.
As much as I love my steel bike this is really just not entirely truthful. Yes the big brands don't do custom. And yes, there is something entirely more satisfactory about getting input into every detail. But this can be done with any material. I can walk out my door and ride over to Gaulzetti and get a custom Al bike. I can go a bit closer and all downhill landing at the doorstep of Firefly for a fully custom steel bike, and I can take a short bike ride over to Parlee and get the exact same service down up in carbon fiber. And I can soft pedal over to Seven on my way and get done up for a custom Ti rig. This is leaving out a multitude of other local builders such as Geekhouse but you get the point.
To complete the poem, just schlop some Chorus on it and your away.
ticou wrote:But once you get that golden steel, you'll have something to cherish, use as a daily driver, never need to upgrade,
Is a Serotta Atlanta considered a "high end" steel bike that has this "magic" feel? I'm just wondering how that bike rates for steel lovers, so I can compare it properly to carbon bikes.
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