"Steel Is Real"
“Steel is real” is a catchy slogan being banded about by people in the know. Why? It is all about ride quality; a steel frame is like a very strong steel spring. It absorbs a certain amount of road shock and when the rider makes a sudden effort it has just the right amount of give, but at the same time quickly transfers the rider’s energy directly to the back wheel.
Many people who ride
road bikes do not race but simply ride for exercise and the pure
pleasure of riding. Let’s face it you can burn just as many calories on
any old bike, but if you make the experience pleasurable it is no longer
a chore that exercise can become. If you ride a bike for pleasure, then
why not ride a bike that is a pleasure to ride?
Even so steel is a hard sell. To those looking at the latest carbon fiber; steel seems like ‘old tech’ and therefore inferior. There is a whole generation of road riders who have previously ridden mountain bikes made of aluminum and carbon fiber, and have never experienced the feeling of a quality steel frame.
Steel has other advantages like longevity and reliability. Case in point; frames built in the 1970s and 1980s are still being ridden and enjoyed today. A steel frame will not fail suddenly and dramatically; it will not disintegrate in a cloud of dust as some Carbon Fiber frames have been known to do.