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How can you recognise a quality steel frame?

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Will Hardy
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How can you recognise a quality frame?

I'm looking to buy/build a road bike and I would like it to:

  • last 100 years
  • have a low environmental cost

As I'm not interested in shedding grams (a diet would be more helpful for me), I'm leaning towards a steel frame. But steel frames are often cheaply manufactured, and the price is slowly starting to reflect trendiness than quality.

How do I recognise a high quality new or used steel frame? Are there simple things to look for when weeding out the poorly made or overpriced frames?