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    Steel...?

    I've never been a fan of Steel frames.I've always though Steel MTBs look like a load of pipe-cleaners welded together with kack paint jobs but I'm warming to this:-



    £2,650 for the frameset and £6k for the built up model tested by Cyclist Magazine.
    Cogs are turning

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    I love my Thorn Cyclosportif in Reynolds 735 tubing. It is supremely comfortable but stiff enough to respond to my input without flexing, it weighs about 9kg without mudguards but I don't notice the weight penalty over a lighter bike. The welds are sublime, unfortunately I can't find a close-up of them but they are a smooth as a baby's bottom and the tubes flow into each other. Here it is in commuter guise, it was bought as a custom build 15 years ago specifically for touring/winter bike/commuting and is perfect for the jobs envisaged but I still prefer a carbon bike for racing/fast summer rides.



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    It doesn't matter how many times you fall down, its how times many you get back up that count.

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    Very nice!
    I'm thinking of something along the lines of a "forever" bike.I'd still have a Carbon road bike(probably) and Allu Winter/CX bike but also something I could keep upgrading etc.I have long thought about a Ti Frame but I really like the look of this.It also comes in Disc version which may(or may not) future proof it.
    I can feel a project coming on......

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    Lots to be said for a made to measure steel frame. Truly a bike for life, and you are supporting a proper local industry rather than Asian mega-corps churning out cookie-cutter frames.

    Get along to Bespoked Bristol in May (or there maybe a more local equivalent for you) and check out all the small-scale builders.
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    Steel is real.

    But not for me, proper CF fanBoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PRSboy View Post
    Lots to be said for a made to measure steel frame. Truly a bike for life, and you are supporting a proper local industry rather than Asian mega-corps churning out cookie-cutter frames.

    Get along to Bespoked Bristol in May (or there maybe a more local equivalent for you) and check out all the small-scale builders.
    There's a local Ti Frame builder(Dave Marsh) who I've spoken to before who's also an option.I saw a bloke last year on a 12 year old Ti made by him and it looked new!
    There's just something about that Spoon though!

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    Think the new Ribble Endurance 725 steel bike looks pretty decent:

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    It does but it's not bespoke!
    If I'm going for a Ti or Steel forever bike then it will have to be bespoke.
    Going to the Alps for a measuring/bike-fit session,then riding the built bike straight from the workshop into the Alps when it's done also appeals......

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    I've never liked steel either, so I've plonked lots of carbon on mine as a surrogate as I'm banned from carbon tubes due to fatty boom boom rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PRSboy View Post
    Lots to be said for a made to measure steel frame. Truly a bike for life, and you are supporting a proper local industry rather than Asian mega-corps churning out cookie-cutter frames.

    Get along to Bespoked Bristol in May (or there maybe a more local equivalent for you) and check out all the small-scale builders.
    I'm not sure if St Johns Street Cycles, who sell the Thorn, are still making bespoke hand-built fames but mine was and the builder's identity is engraved in the BB shell. It was semi-customised in that I provided my measurements and they made the frame fitted with my choice of components - not quite fully bespoke but it kept the cost down. The frame is 15 years old but every component except the headset has been upgraded or replaced when broken/worn out and the frame was resprayed at Argos Cycles 4 years ago which is why it still looks as good as new. Almost Trigger's broom but the heart and soul of the steel frame is as good as ever!

    Its odd as I feel the need to ride my Supersix as much as possible on nice days but almost look forward to a rainy day to have an 'excuse' to ride the Thorn. Incidentally the wheels on it (Mavic Ksyrium Pro SL) don't enhance the ride as they are quite stiff but with the Conti GP 4000 II tyres they are fast. For touring I'd put on a pair of handbuilt DT Swiss wheels with normal spokes which suit the characteristics of the steel frame better.
    It doesn't matter how many times you fall down, its how times many you get back up that count.

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