Steel Frameset

by Gman59c   June 11, 2014  

Looking at building up a steel framed winter bike. Been looking at the Genesis Equilibrium 20. Just wondered if there are any other framesets that are worth a look for around the £4-500 mark.

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Just a few to consider:

Surly Pacer? (Cross Check if you want something more flexible).
All City Mr Pink? (if you can find one cheap).
Ribble's 525 one? (Absolute steel—pun intended—at £175).

posted by ped [164 posts]
11th June 2014 - 22:50

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If you're prepared to forgo steel and can stretch the budget a tiny bit, the Kinesis TK3 (think it's been rebranded the 4S this year) is arguably the best option around for a winter racer. Still one of the only framesets around with a tapered steerer and proper mud guard mounts. The new paint jobs on the 4S framesets are lovely too.

posted by giobox [238 posts]
12th June 2014 - 1:46

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I think the Ribble one only has clearances for 23mm tyres and guards, which may affect your thinking if you plan to running bigger tyres in winter.

posted by Chris James [159 posts]
12th June 2014 - 9:38

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+1 the Kinesis models ... TK3 is Ace Smile oh and should be discounted now the
4S is out !!!

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [679 posts]
12th June 2014 - 10:00

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Chris James wrote:
I think the Ribble one only has clearances for 23mm tyres and guards, which may affect your thinking if you plan to running bigger tyres in winter.

It'll definitely do 25s with guards, but point taken.

posted by ped [164 posts]
12th June 2014 - 13:59

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Thanks guys, I had been looking at the 4S and I do keep going back to it, however I really like the idea of something quite classic and some of the steel frames look really nice.

posted by Gman59c [73 posts]
12th June 2014 - 20:26

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Maybe a Singular Osprey if you like the classic look?

http://www.singularcycles.com/shop/index.php/frames/singular-osprey.html

posted by jacknorell [272 posts]
12th June 2014 - 20:40

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Yeah, so that too, nothing in my size though

posted by Gman59c [73 posts]
12th June 2014 - 22:42

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why not get a second hand frame on ebay, reynolds 531, if you're after the 'classic' look?

posted by pj [138 posts]
13th June 2014 - 20:49

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Spa Audax 725 carbon fork - £315
Hewitt Audax 631 steel fork - £425
A Bob Jackson will set you back about £500 I think - 631.

Those are in the same quality and performance territory as the Genisis. The Kinesis will be lighter/faster and is certainly a better 'fast club run' bike than any of the steel bikes - but if you want something for very long distance and light touring then any of the above will be good and the Equilibrium would be excellent I suspect.

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posted by alotronic [247 posts]
13th June 2014 - 22:22

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As the owner of a 725 Equilibrium I'm openly biased but I think you may start off using it as a winter hack but end up riding it most of the time. Unless you are actually participating in a race it will do everything you want, at reasonable cost and in some style. And it will bring a smile to your face, which is, as the ad' says, priceless.

Mike

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posted by mike the bike [116 posts]
14th June 2014 - 16:39

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys. Unfortunately I have found out the Genesis is now unavailable in the size I would like.

Has anybody got any experience of a Soma Smoothie??

posted by Gman59c [73 posts]
17th June 2014 - 21:47

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Managed to get hold of a Genesis Equilibrium 20 frame set and have just had it built up. Not been out on it yet but walking about smiling as if somebody has put a coat hanger in my mouth!!

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posted by Gman59c [73 posts]
11th July 2014 - 20:23

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Nice. Nothing beats that new bike smell!

posted by ped [164 posts]
12th July 2014 - 9:18

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That looks really nice.

posted by Ratfink [15 posts]
12th July 2014 - 11:19

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