Steel framed road bike

by wilburino   July 11, 2012  

I currently have a mountain bike that usually gets used for very light off roading - ex-railway line trails etc. I'm strongly drawn to a road bike I can use for fairly fast runs (no racing) and the odd commute to work (3 miles).

Apologies(!) but aesthetics are important, and I'm strongly drawn to steel framed thin tubing; I'm not particularly fond of the look of carbon bikes. Absolute performance isn't an issue, so a slightly heavier bike isn't a particular worry, and I also believe steel will be more comfortable.

Two bikes have got my attention: the Dawes Clubman and the Charge Juicer Mid. Trying them out seems difficult, as most places don't seem to have them in stock and require ordering, plus I'd much prefer to support one of my local shops.

Both get good reviews, I wondered if anyone here had any opinions?

Thanks in advance

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Obviously Condor

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:11



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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:12

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Gee, that looks very nice, unfortunately comes out a bit over my budget (sorry, didn't state my budget did I?). Ideally could do with being under £1000 but the Condor's are very tempting!


posted by wilburino [4 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:37



posted by Super Domestique [1695 posts]
11th July 2012 - 18:45


Wot he said.

posted by Some Fella [908 posts]
11th July 2012 - 19:07


posted by Some Fella [908 posts]
11th July 2012 - 19:09


genesis fantastic steel bikes!

posted by parf [5 posts]
11th July 2012 - 19:13

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go old, get some classy steel and a nice spec.

I built a reynolds framed Peugeot with dura ace gears, ultegra wheels etc for a tidy price, its a 61cm if you fancy it? £300?

posted by meehaja [27 posts]
11th July 2012 - 22:54

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Sounds a nice bike, but way too large for a short 'un like me! Good idea building up an old frame though, thanks.

posted by wilburino [4 posts]
12th July 2012 - 7:14


If you don't mind a bit of heft, Surly make reasonably priced steel frames - a Pacer might be a good bet.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [428 posts]
12th July 2012 - 10:37

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Surly Pacer, or Cross-Check if you want the option of a bit of rough stuff.

I can personally recommend the Genesis Equilibrium 20 but it may be a bit over budget. The new 00 looks like a reasonable option. Plenty of scope for upgrades as and when the budget allows.

Steel is real!

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posted by netclectic [128 posts]
12th July 2012 - 10:57


Have a look on the forums - that's where I got my steelie. It's a lovely 80s 531 frame, with a modern(ish) campag midrange groupset (daytona/centaur, if that means anything to you). Got it for under 400 quid.

It's not the lightest, nor is it anywhere near as good to ride as carbon, but it's perfect for whizzing to work in London.

posted by bashthebox [764 posts]
12th July 2012 - 11:00

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planet-x kaffenback is worth a look, new version is disc, canti, geared or single speed capable so very versatile.

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posted by joemmo [1113 posts]
12th July 2012 - 13:22


Thanks very much for all the suggestions, I'll certainly check out the Genesis bikes, and the independents look absolutely amazing.

Thanks everyone!

posted by wilburino [4 posts]
12th July 2012 - 18:31


Donhou stole the show at Bristol with this I thought:

Shand cycles looked good and the Rourke bike looked exceptional.

All over your budget but if you're thinking of going down that road you should really consider a custom frame - marvellous machines.

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posted by _SiD_ [181 posts]
12th July 2012 - 19:01

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I have a Genesis Equilibrium which I think you can spec within your budget, and it is my go-to bike for pretty much everything. I ride chain gangs on it, I commute on it, I have done TTs on it (not ideal tbh) and I have done Flanders and Paris-Roubaix on it all without a second's thought. It also takes the weather pretty well. It would be an excellent choice and certainly ticks your aesthetics box.

posted by spj7 [5 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:35

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