Light Steel Touring Frame Recommendations

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  • Yo, my fellows,
    Can anyone recommend some good frames available in the UK for light touring/heavy audax/adventure biking/gravelleering/you know that kind of thing? Like a spry mule I can wazz a rear rack & not hear it groan. But not some chunky beast of burden that'll only hit 20 on a downhill.
    I need steel! I need canti's! I need downtube shifters! (I'd just get a Brother Kepler if it weren't for those damn cable guides.)

  • How does a fully racked genesis equilibrium 725 disc with dynamo and Alphine Di2 internal hub sound? 56cm
    It’s a mates but he is looking to shift it...

  • Surly.

  • All City Space Horse Canti is exactly what your after

  • Velo orange campeur
    Cross check
    Soma double cross

    None that light but otherwise ticks the boxes

  • Surly straggler. Love mine.

    Triton and tredz usually have old stock frames discounted.

  • So revamping this thread a little but with slightly different requirements for a friend who wants a fast tourer for week long tours. She is not someone who is going to learn how to fix her bike so it needs to be simple/fixable by me (therefore no disc or canti brakes) and will be running a simple Campag road gruppo. Therefore won't need to have front racks, just two rear panniers and a bar bag (not into bikepacking):

    A high quality fast steel tourer

    • Caliper Rim brakes (No discs, no cantis, no MTB brakes)
    • Luggage will be a rear rack (2x panniers), so needs rack mounts and a bar bag (no bikepacking thankyouplease)
    • Nice relaxed touring/Audax geo
    • compatibility with 700c wheels

    Now Ive already looked at:

    • Condor Fratello (not suitable because 2 of her mates already have one and she wants something different)
    • Mercian (a possibility but a 10 month wait for a frame atm)
    • Bob Jackson Audax (possibility but I have one so she wants something different)

    Any other ideas? Everything seems to be disc brake now...

  • Old thorn audaxes go for peanuts, stick a wanted thread on ctc forum and the thorn forum.

  • But seriously V brakes or Canti will open up a whole load of tourers.

  • I think there’s 853 ones out there too... with 853 forks, niiiice

  • Do you know her budget?

    I was going to get one of these last year when I was looking around:­A-CYCLES-Steel-Audax-Frame-and-Forks

    ...But ended up with a 2nd hand Ribble Audax cos I'm cheap.

  • shes ok with spending up to £1,500 or so...

    350 on a campag groupset
    150 on some mavic aksiums
    200 on tyres, finishing kit and other bits

    leaves up to 7/800 for a nice frame

  • I’m really happy with my Ribble 525 but it’s definitely a budget option.

  • thats a great shout, had totally forgotten about Thorn

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Light Steel Touring Frame Recommendations

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