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Video: Six of the best steel road bikes — keeping it real with steel

Six gorgeous steel road bikes from Fairlight, Condor, Mason, Kona, Genesis and Donhou

Despite the advance in modern materials, steel is still a ruddy good choice for making a bicycle frame, as the long list of brands still working with steel tubing proves. In this latest Six of the Best video, we've rounded up six steel beauties that we think are good examples of the latest breed of steel road bikes.

Not to give too much away, but we've got bikes from Fairlight, Condor, Mason, Kona, Genesis and Donhou in this video, and you can find out more about them from the reviews and buying links in the table below.

By the way, the current equivalent of the Kona Roadhouse featured in the video is the Wheelhouse; the £3,999 Roadhouse has gone way upmarket, and the Condor Fratello Disc price cited is for a bike with Shimano 105 components, specced up using Condor's bike builder.

Our pick of six of the best steel road bikes


Weight Market price Read more
Fairlight Strael
8,900g
£2,639
Read our review
Condor Fratello Disc
10,062g
~£2,200
Read our review
Mason Resolution
8,900g
£2,745
Read our review
Kona Wheelhouse
10,300g
£1,799
Read our review
Genesis Equilibrium Disc
~10,000g
£1,995
Read our review
Donhou DSS1
8,700g
from £4,585
Read our review

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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