Frames & Forks

Rivendell Roadeo Frameset

Rivendell's Roadeo is an impressive bike even in this era of carbon wonder steeds. it's durable, versatile, comfortable and fast. I'd like to try it with tubular tires for a direct comparison with my favorite steel bikes from 30-40 years ago -- Gios, De Rosa and Tesch. Newer cyclists who have owned only carbon, aluminum or titanium frames should experience the ride of an expertly designed, handbuilt steel bike like the Roadeo. It might spark a resurgence of interest in this traditional -- and wonderful -- frame material.

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Easton EC90 SL Carbon Fork

Both versions of the EC90 SL come in the same matte black finish with a subtly visible carbon-fiber weave. The graphics on the fork are ample but on the right side of distasteful. Besides "Easton" on the front, the Easton logo and other info appears on each side in red, white and silver. The EC90 SL has lifted my Vortex into a snazzier league of looks and performance, and it should do the same for any good road bike.

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Edge Cycles Pellegrino Frame

In this age of carbon fiber, it's easy to think of steel as the retro material. But steel has great advantages for bike frames, including easy customization. Safety, too. When steel fails, it fails slowly, not catastrophically (a fearsome word used for carbon). Still, it's hard to beat the weight rap. A frame built of traditional steel tubing can easily weigh twice as much as a carbon or titanium frame. But modern steel tubesets have set new standards of low weight.

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Atlantis by Rivendell

I bought an Atlantis frameset to replace my 18-year-old Fisher mountain bike (outfitted with a drop bar) that I used for dirt-road loops here in western Colorado. The steel-framed Atlantis combines the tire clearance of a mountain bike with the geometry of a road bike. It has a 2.5-degree up-sloping top tube and cast-in head lug extensions that allow the handlebar to be raised higher. The Atlantis has a low bottom bracket for stable cornering. It can be outfitted with a drop or flat bar.

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