Chromoly frames can be constructed relatively light if the quality is high enough.

Does anyone know of any brands that concentrate on making modern chromoly frames for entry level competitive cycling? i.e. litespeed is to titanium as x is to chromoly


  • For entry level competitive cycling, my guess is that the frame and weight aren't so important anyway.
    – Batman
    Sep 15, 2015 at 19:57
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    For entry level racing, aluminum has the best price/weight/stiffness combination. You can sure get a steel frame that gets close in the latter two categories, but the price is not going to be entry level.
    – ojs
    Sep 15, 2015 at 20:28
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    The answer is "yes", and the rest is product recommendation. So I'm voting to close.
    – Móż
    Sep 15, 2015 at 23:35
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    ...which is why it was a comment, not an answer. My answer would be "no, currently made steel frames are either not suitable for racing or too expensive for entry level"
    – ojs
    Sep 16, 2015 at 18:18
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    Haha Moz is coming in here way too hot
    – maxwell
    Sep 16, 2015 at 18:23

3 Answers 3


The best place to start would be all-city: http://www.allcitycycles.com/bikes/space_horse

or Lemonde as a second option: https://lemond.cc/#!/bicycles

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    Neither of those bike are entry level competitive cycling. First is not a race bike and on the second $3000 is not an entry level price.
    – paparazzo
    Sep 16, 2015 at 4:07

Bianchi still sells the Vigorelli 105 as well as other steel bikes. With an MSRP of $1800, it's a little pricier than some other Shimano 105 bikes on the market, but it's not too expensive as to be unreasonable. According to this article, it weights 20.59 pounds, which isn't super light, but probably won't be a big deal at the amateur level. 105 level components are more than acceptable for entry level racing. They also have the Volpe with Tiagra components for $1300 and the Lupo with Sora level components for $1050.


Surly is more known for touring and off road bikes, but they do have a cromoly road bike or just hte frame http://surlybikes.com/bikes/pacer/bike_info

There are still plenty of custom frame builders around. Zinn Cycles is in Colarado, so maybe close to you? http://zinncycles.com/Zinn/index.php/test-page/classic-custom-series/merano-st

  • "While the Pacer is not what most would consider a racing bicycle".
    – paparazzo
    Sep 16, 2015 at 4:09
  • Yes, fair comment. Masi sells a cromoly frame masibikes.com/framesets/gran-criterium or a fully built verions which looks great masibikes.com/bikes/steel/gran-criterium-2015
    – Kim Ryan
    Sep 16, 2015 at 10:14
  • $1000 for frameset only is slightly above what I would call entry level.
    – ojs
    Sep 16, 2015 at 18:20
  • I don't think an entry level steel frame exists, this response shows what options there are. Perhaps second hand is the only affordable option.
    – Kim Ryan
    Sep 17, 2015 at 5:56

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