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Some cycling content; steel road bike deal?
 

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16790
Location: Portland, OR

7/9/18 11:25 AM

Some cycling content; steel road bike deal?

Saw this, so a heads up I guess.

Clearance priced: Force 22 steel road bike with Enve fork for $1299.00, seems a deal to me. If anyone is looking.

https://store.fairdalebikes.com/collections/fairdale-goodship/products/goodship-electric-blue

https://store.fairdalebikes.com/collections/fairdale-goodship/products/goodship-orange

In blue [$1299.00] or orange [$1199.00] I think:

[you'll have to be logged in here to see pics in thread due to code choice for size constraint]

<img src="https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0703/8345/products/fairdale-bikes-2016-goodship-blue_aa0bfe24-eca0-4420-a842-039257ddae0b.jpg" width="640">


<img src="https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0703/8345/products/fairdale-bikes-2015-goodship-orange_1d8ebe17-b888-45af-b0ac-8d55d9bfa689.jpg" width="640">


Frameset $599.00 https://store.fairdalebikes.com/collections/fairdale-closeout/products/goodship-frame-and-enve-fork-kit-orange

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6442
Location: Westchester/NYC

7/9/18 12:15 PM

Thanks for the effort. But these days who wants yet another road bike?

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

7/9/18 1:57 PM

So true.. For now. ;)

But I predict a steel bikes insurgence when the plastic gravel fad settles.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4177
Location: Nashua, NH

7/9/18 1:58 PM

I get the impression that this is essentially another "bikesdirect.com"-type operation, albeit more focused and definitely more irreverent. Not that it's a bad thing at all...just sayin'.

As for a steel resurgence (I assume that's what you meant, unless you're expecting guerilla warfare from steel bike builders), I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for it if I were you. There will be some ebb and flow in the marketplace, but steel will never come back to a place of prominence. That became evident 30+ years ago. It will maintain the ironic position it now holds of being prominent in the low-end market, while at the same time being the darling of custom frame builders.


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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

7/9/18 2:00 PM

I did not get that impression at all. Most of the bikes are full price. Just cleaning out last season or two, no?

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

7/9/18 2:13 PM

I don't know, they just never seem to mention anything about actually building frames or bikes. That makes it sound like more of a spec operation. Again, that's not a bad thing and they seem to spec better forks with their frames than others do.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
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Location: Westchester/NYC

7/9/18 2:45 PM

"darling of custom frame builders"

I suppose it's because it's the easiest to be "customized"?

There're high end steel tubing that can come within reasonable weight of carbon frames. That's why custom steel builder can still squeeze out their niche. But I doubt there will be any "resurgent" coming any time soon.

Plastic is here to stay. And it's taking over the bike frame world. Even mountain bike frames are slowly going plastic these days. So gravel bike will be a no brainer! It's not a fad, unless you consider gravel geometry itself being a fad. Even there, I disagree.

Personally, I think plastic gravel frame is EXACTLY the frame type that will replace many road frames, steels or otherwise.

Didn't we had that discussion earlier? http://cyclingforum.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=12228&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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