Why steel? While seeming outdated as a frame material on first sight, it has seen a renaissance lately. This is due to advancements in material development, ease of processing and of course the legendary riding feel of a steel frame.
Every frame is unique - made for the requirements and properties of the rider. There are no preset angles, tube diameters or eyelets - everything is adjusted to the requests and field of use. I use tubes from Columbus (Italy) and Reynolds (UK), from which I select an individual combination of diameters and wall thicknesses for every frame.
Except for very few exceptions, I do not build forks. There are several reasons for that: Firstly, the weight penalty of a steel fork is considerable. In addition, the riding feel of a carbon or aluminum fork is much more precise and stiff. A high-quality carbon fiber fork is usually cheaper, much lighter and looks and works better than a steel fork. To achieve a great appearance, carbon fiber forks can be painted to match the frame.
There are two options for painting a steel frame: powder coating or wet paint. While powder coating is rather cheap, very durable and the quality of the paint ist getting better and better, wet paint excels with low weight, unbeatable brilliance, an almost infinite choice of colors and the easy possibility to remove the paint, should you consider to repaint later.
Modern steel roadbikes weigh in at about 1850g, while having very good stability and unsurpassed comfort. This is about 500g more than an aluminum frame, however, that equals only about 6% of complete bike weight. An individual geometry, taylor-made for the rider and usage, outweighs that easily. Choosing components smartly, this weight penalty can be further minimized.
I am happy to offer complete builds with components of your choice. Through my experience in bicycle technology I can advise you thoroughly and we can choose the perfect components for the intended purpose together.