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Anyone ride a steel frame road bike ?

Anyone use a steel frame road bike and what does it weigh in at ?
Am thinking of getting a Trek 520 touring bike as an all purpose bike. For touring, Gravel and road riding. Not looking to win any races.

I think that bike weighs in at 13kg without the pannier racks.

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  • akhakh Posts: 148
    Both my current bikes are steel.

    The rim brake equipped one is around 9.4kg and the disc brake 'gravel' bike (with mudguards fitted) is 11kg. That's without water or tools, phone, etc, which would push the weight up by at least 0.5kg, probably closer to 1kg.

    I weight 72kg. Factor that in, and even if I was on a 7kg race bike, the total weight would be 95% of the gravel bike set up. A huge margin for racing, irrelevant for me riding for fitness and fun.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,609
    Yes. Weighed out of curiosity as ridden with a Garmin, 2 full water bottles and a saddle bag with a tube, multitool and levers. 9.5kgs from memory.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • About 9 Kg for mine (+ water, saddle bag and me)
  • I've got a Mason Resolution and it weighs approximately 8.5kg minus computer, bottles etc.
    'Hello to Jason Isaacs'
  • emanresuemanresu Posts: 133
    A smidge over 9kg with saddle bag, bottles and garmin.
  • andyh01andyh01 Posts: 570

    I've got a Mason Resolution and it weighs approximately 8.5kg minus computer, bottles etc.

    How is it?
    I was torn between that and their Bokeh, went with the Bokeh for wider tire clearance and option to run 650b/27.5 wheels but not had need yet so kinda wish went for the Resolute.
  • schlepcyclingschlepcycling Posts: 1,572
    edited 14 September
    andyh01 said:

    I've got a Mason Resolution and it weighs approximately 8.5kg minus computer, bottles etc.

    How is it?
    I was torn between that and their Bokeh, went with the Bokeh for wider tire clearance and option to run 650b/27.5 wheels but not had need yet so kinda wish went for the Resolute.

    I love it (although I would say that as I bought it), I find it very comfortable and it fits me perfectly. I use it as my everyday bike both for commuting (before I lost my job) and leisure rides. I've also been able to do a bit of gravel riding on it with a spare pair of wheels with some 32mm Panaracer Gravel King SK fitted. I do really want a Bokeh but finances are a bit stretched at the moment so it'll have to wait.
    'Hello to Jason Isaacs'
  • mpattsmpatts Posts: 962
    Commuter is a Gensis Flyer, with rack and stuff I woudl say its approx 11kg, but I am somewhat guessing!

    My 'posh bike' is 8.5kg

    My 'old bike' is about the same. Steel is a bit heavier but not lots.
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  • I’m riding a Holdsworth Strada with Etap and carbon bits( bars seatpost etc.). Currently fitted with Ksyriums but changing to Shamal Mille. Never thought much about weight but I’d say no more than 8.5kg.
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,560
    edited 17 September
    A steel bike doesn't have to be heavy (see the examples above and I'll demonstrate with my Donhou that has DA7900 and carbon wheels). But I think if you go down the steel route, you've already accepted a bit of a weight penalty in exchange for comfort and handling (if it's a good frame).

    (The worst bike I've ridden was a really light rental R3 - handled terribly)
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,004
    I don't agree steel is any more likely to handle better or be more comfortable than carbon - in fact a lightweight steel frame is likely to be more prone to speed wobble because the head tube is likely to be less stiff than a carbon frame.

    The comfort thing was probably true when wide tube aluminium race frames were popular - they were bone shakers compared to the steel race frames that came before them - but again Carbon frames can be built with a decent degree of compliance.
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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 7,560
    This is why I qualified my statement - it has to be a good frame. Of course.
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  • mpattsmpatts Posts: 962
    Ben6899 said:

    This is why I qualified my statement - it has to be a good frame. Of course.

    My first bike was a Viking, a new thing, it was as supple as concrete.
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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 2,215
    edited 18 September
    I bought a late 80s / early 90s Arthur Caygill Columbus SL bike with Campag xenon/veloce mix for £250 quid a few years ago.

    It quickly became my favourite bike to ride, even though it wasn't as "fast" as my Felt F1 with Ultegra. The frame is really well made and the welding is beautiful.

    It was used as a bit of a beater/commuter, but I've decided I like to so much that I've just bought a Chorus 12 groupset for it, which I'm in the middle of building up now (It's taken me two days of work just to get the bloody square taper cranks and BB out, with the crank puller now completely stuck in the removed leftside crank!)

    It's got some old Campag Mexico '68 wheels on it, which i might also replace, but fine for now.

    Never weighed it, but its really good fun to ride on.
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame ??
    Tall....
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 22,780 Lives Here
    elbowloh said:

    Never weighed it, but its really good fun to ride on.

    Isn't that the most important thing for the vast majority of us. Must admit I really like the sound of that.

  • davidofdavidof Posts: 2,336
    This



    No idea about weight, under 10kg, probably. I have it set up exactly the same as my carbon road bike, blind fold I probably couldn't tell the difference but not sure it woudl be safe to ride blindfolded.
  • andyh01andyh01 Posts: 570

    andyh01 said:

    I've got a Mason Resolution and it weighs approximately 8.5kg minus computer, bottles etc.

    How is it?
    I was torn between that and their Bokeh, went with the Bokeh for wider tire clearance and option to run 650b/27.5 wheels but not had need yet so kinda wish went for the Resolute.

    I love it (although I would say that as I bought it), I find it very comfortable and it fits me perfectly. I use it as my everyday bike both for commuting (before I lost my job) and leisure rides. I've also been able to do a bit of gravel riding on it with a spare pair of wheels with some 32mm Panaracer Gravel King SK fitted. I do really want a Bokeh but finances are a bit stretched at the moment so it'll have to wait.
    Is the 32mm gravel kings with full guards? If so damm it
    TBF for me personally, it's one or other as both are very good, well I love the Bokeh, not tried the Resolute or their Ti one but my thoughts were/are not much in them, they're all high quality and on par bar the different frame material obvs. The To is outside my budget/couldn't justify the cost. As i say I was tempted with the steel but tire clearance and rust concern put me off so went Bokeh
    Would you keep.the stee resolutel and Bokeh if you could or would you sell the Resolute?
  • schlepcyclingschlepcycling Posts: 1,572
    andyh01 said:

    andyh01 said:

    I've got a Mason Resolution and it weighs approximately 8.5kg minus computer, bottles etc.

    How is it?
    I was torn between that and their Bokeh, went with the Bokeh for wider tire clearance and option to run 650b/27.5 wheels but not had need yet so kinda wish went for the Resolute.

    I love it (although I would say that as I bought it), I find it very comfortable and it fits me perfectly. I use it as my everyday bike both for commuting (before I lost my job) and leisure rides. I've also been able to do a bit of gravel riding on it with a spare pair of wheels with some 32mm Panaracer Gravel King SK fitted. I do really want a Bokeh but finances are a bit stretched at the moment so it'll have to wait.
    Is the 32mm gravel kings with full guards? If so damm it
    TBF for me personally, it's one or other as both are very good, well I love the Bokeh, not tried the Resolute or their Ti one but my thoughts were/are not much in them, they're all high quality and on par bar the different frame material obvs. The To is outside my budget/couldn't justify the cost. As i say I was tempted with the steel but tire clearance and rust concern put me off so went Bokeh
    Would you keep.the stee resolutel and Bokeh if you could or would you sell the Resolute?
    No the 32mm is without guards, If I could I would have both.
    'Hello to Jason Isaacs'
  • CargobikeCargobike Posts: 294
    Yes, got a Shand Stoater with a Rohloff hub.
    I'm pretty sure it weighs above 13kg but I've never weighed it as it does the job required brilliantly.

    If weight is the issue I have an 8kg carbon flier for when it matters, which for a bloke my size is as low as I dare go.

    Conversely, I also ride an Urban Arrow XL for work. That weighs a mighty 52kg unladen and is by far and away the best fun you can have on two wheels.
  • I have a Legend stainless steel Ventoux. With Chorus 11 speed and Scribe 38mm carbon wheels it weighs 8kg. Can't say I notice the weight difference from my Fondriest carbon which died.
  • lakesludditelakesluddite Posts: 1,319
    Custom built Rourke 853 is my 'best' bike, for nice dry days only (usually). Had it 5 years, did the build myself with Sram Force 22 and Prime 50mm carbon wheels (added later). Weighs something between 8.5 and 9kg with pedals and bottle cages, and rides like a dream!
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