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Stainless steel frame

socratessocrates Posts: 453
edited October 2019 in Road buying advice
What's the general opinion. I have ordered a stainless steel frame. As yet I have not settled on the finish. Do I go for mirror polished with white panels or not polished (brushed I believe it is called) with white panels. Has anyone had experience of both types of finish. All opinions welcome, positive or negative. Ta.

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  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Up to you. White pan else though I would go for a strong contrasting course. White against lusterious metal jind of blends in. You might as well have no panels at all.
    http://www.thecycleclinic.co.uk -wheel building and other stuff.
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Oh if you go for polished you have to put polished silver potenza on it. There are people who will mirror polish that groupset for you. Witha mirror polished frame that would be lush.

    As for panel colour white is not good as then you will need white bar tape and saddle. White bar tape is for clean rooms only.

    If black.panels dont work for you how about a deep red so long as you can find a matching bar tape. Brooks might do a saddle with a deep red.
    http://www.thecycleclinic.co.uk -wheel building and other stuff.
  • term1teterm1te Posts: 1,462
    I'd go mirror polished, brushed might look a bit too much like titanium? I'd leave as much polished steel showing as possible, but how about two colours for the panels? White and blue, or white and red? You may even be able to get that finish where you still get some of the reflection from the mirrored steel? Not sure what it's called, but it used to be popular with chromed frames. I've seen a polished Potenza groupset, it did look nice, but if your frame uses more modern larger tubes it might not 'fit'. I would put it on a vintage frame, or one with classic tubes and geometry. Just my opinion. I put silver Veloce on my 80s Moser frame, but would have preferred to use polished Potenza, if it had been available at the time, and I was feeling flush.
  • step83step83 Posts: 4,162
    Oh if you go for polished you have to put polished silver potenza on it. There are people who will mirror polish that groupset for you. Witha mirror polished frame that would be lush.

    I thought that was the law?
  • socratessocrates Posts: 453
    Looking at deep red panel, black decals with white lining. Panel on downtube only. Mirror polished. Company badge laser etched on seat tube.
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    Now that's more like it.
    http://www.thecycleclinic.co.uk -wheel building and other stuff.
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 9,173
    socrates wrote:
    Looking at deep red panel, black decals with white lining. Panel on downtube only. Mirror polished. Company badge laser etched on seat tube.
    Man United fan?
  • This white and gold Merckx is smart. Rear triangle is polished I think. You might want to have less paint seeing as you've gone stainless for the whole frame.
    https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/tour-de-france-bikes-oliver-naesens-steel-eddy-merckx-corsa/
  • cyclecliniccycleclinic Posts: 6,865
    White bar tapes good for a bout one ride then it's off white until its changed.
    http://www.thecycleclinic.co.uk -wheel building and other stuff.
  • socratessocrates Posts: 453
    Sorry to disappoint you First Aspect but no. Thank you everyone for your comments. Will post a photo when it is complete. Btw it is a Legend Ventoux.
  • White bar tapes good for a bout one ride then it's off white until its changed.
    Oh so true.
  • mr_evilmr_evil Posts: 234
    Oh if you go for polished you have to put polished silver potenza on it...
    Aluminium and stainless steel are different colours, and don't look good against each other, in my opinion.
  • kingstoniankingstonian Posts: 2,847
    Mirror polished........have it on my bike, and if I say so myself looks the absolute bollox on an early morning spin when the sun catches it
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,380
    Mirror polished........have it on my bike, and if I say so myself looks the absolute bollox on an early morning spin when the sun catches it

    pic pleeeaaasssee!
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
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