Steel vs Aluminum- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 26 of 26
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    23

    Steel vs Aluminum

    looking to get my first singlespeed/fixie. I've narrowed it down to
    Regal Bicycles Inc. | Fixed Gear Bicycles
    or
    New fixed gear single speed / fixie bicycle bike

    they both are about the same price. main difference is the regal is steel and the micargi is aluminum. i've heard the steel is better, is this true???

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    73
    greetings.

    you'll find that this more of a singlespeed mtn bike forum, so you might not get a pile of responses. there are plenty of forums out there for track bikes too, so maybe find one of those?

    that being said, i vote for steel.

    hth
    -rob

  3. #3
    CB2
    CB2 is offline
    Jam Econo
    Reputation: CB2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    4,214
    Magnets stick to steel.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    174
    I don't know, tire clearance looks tight on both.

  5. #5
    Bicycle Addict
    Reputation: J3SSEB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    1,298
    Chicks dig steel.
    The unexamined life is not worth living - Socrates
    Bearded Women Racing

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    24
    I was riding a Trek alum frame and just finished my niner SIR 9 singlespeed rigid. STEEL IS REAL!

  7. #7
    The need for singlespeed
    Reputation: zaskaranddriver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    973
    On 23s at 110psi, it's a case where you might actually be able to tell the difference.

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    4,317
    Do yourself a flavor and just forget about the metal and look for fit, geo, budget, color, or whatever thing makes you happy. All you'll find is conflicting facts and opinions. That said, I've read enough stuff online to make me always find something wrong with an aluminum frame that is otherwise great.

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    7,816
    The geometry of the bike and the tires you run will do so much more than the frame material ever will. In fact, all else being equal, you'd probably be hard put to even tell the difference between steel and aluminum.

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    73
    Quote Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Do yourself a flavor and just forget about the metal and look for fit, geo, budget, color, or whatever thing makes you happy. All you'll find is conflicting facts and opinions. That said, I've read enough stuff online to make me always find something wrong with an aluminum frame that is otherwise great.
    in my experience, aluminum dents too easily. steel is far from indestructible, but it takes more to kill it as compared to aluminum. I have had a few Al frames, but i've come back to Fe permanently due to durability concerns.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Click Click Boom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    458
    Steel may be real but BEER comes in Aluminum!!!!!

    Mmmm, Beer.......

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    4,317
    Quote Originally Posted by Click Click Boom View Post
    Steel may be real but BEER comes in Aluminum!!!!!

    Mmmm, Beer.......
    My beer comes in glass, but I don't want a glass bike.

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nubster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    6,829
    Quote Originally Posted by surreal View Post
    in my experience, aluminum dents too easily. steel is far from indestructible, but it takes more to kill it as compared to aluminum. I have had a few Al frames, but i've come back to Fe permanently due to durability concerns.
    I've crashed both my Al bikes hard multiple times and never dented either one.
    Super snowflake = when an avatar offends you so much you have to cry about it and report it to admin. Life must suck for you.

  14. #14
    What could go wrong ...
    Reputation: Zoke2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,996
    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    all else being equal, you'd probably be hard put to even tell the difference between steel and aluminum.
    I dont know about those fixie bikes, but I can tell you that I went from a rigid AL SS to a rigid Steel SS for one reason ... the AL rode great but beat me to death while the Steel SS is so compliant I can ride it all day ... there is definitely a different feel between the two frame materials IMO.
    I used to ride to Win ... Now I ride to Grin

    While my guitar gently weeps, my bike sits there mocking me

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    7,816
    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2 View Post
    I dont know about those fixie bikes, but I can tell you that I went from a rigid AL SS to a rigid Steel SS for one reason ... the AL rode great but beat me to death while the Steel SS is so compliant I can ride it all day ... there is definitely a different feel between the two frame materials IMO.
    Were your wheels, tires, and pressures the same between the two?

  16. #16
    What could go wrong ...
    Reputation: Zoke2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,996
    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    Were your wheels, tires, and pressures the same between the two?
    Yes, I used the parts off the AL to build the Steel, the cables and chain and the frame were the only changes.

    The OP wont be riding off road on either of those bikes so it might not matter much like you said
    I used to ride to Win ... Now I ride to Grin

    While my guitar gently weeps, my bike sits there mocking me

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: 4nbstd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    610
    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2 View Post

    The OP wont be riding off road on either of those bikes so it might not matter much like you said
    Ya, I was thinking, for the purpose of the bike, aluminum is probably better due to weight, unless the complete steel bike is lighter.

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation: StumpyElite2010's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Posts
    514
    2012 Niner SIR 9 = 2350 Gr.
    2012 Niner One 9 = 1510 gr.
    (Source: competitivecyclist.com)

    Almost 2 lbs different in the frame weight....
    Steel may be real, but 2 lbs are 2 lbs...

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    536
    The reverse magnetic properties of aluminum cause your penor to shrink up inside your body and turn into ovaries. True story! Ride aluminum and you will turn into a girl.

  20. #20
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Click Click Boom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    458
    Quote Originally Posted by fryed_1 View Post
    The reverse magnetic properties of aluminum cause your penor to shrink up inside your body and turn into ovaries. True story! Ride aluminum and you will turn into a girl.
    Funny, I always thought that was carbon that did that.

    I have seen it happen, It takes 5 steps....
    1. But a carbon MTB
    2. Buy a Carbon road bike
    3. Dress like a sperm in really form fitting colorful jerseys and shorts
    4. Ride to close to another persons backside (think human centipede on bikes)
    5. Go to Dr. for a Vaginoplasty.

  21. #21
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    536
    Nope... Carbon turns you into a eunuch.

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    4,317
    Quote Originally Posted by fryed_1 View Post
    Nope... Carbon turns you into a eunuch.
    Only if it breaks, then you're bummed.

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nubster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    6,829
    Quote Originally Posted by fryed_1 View Post
    Nope... Marriage turns you into a eunuch.
    Fixed it for you.
    Super snowflake = when an avatar offends you so much you have to cry about it and report it to admin. Life must suck for you.

  24. #24
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    7,816
    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Fixed it for you.
    That has not been my experience.

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Nubster's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    6,829
    Honestly, I'm not even married but with the same girl for 7 years now and two kids...I can't complain really.
    Super snowflake = when an avatar offends you so much you have to cry about it and report it to admin. Life must suck for you.

  26. #26
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    536
    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    Fixed it for you.
    I've been divorced twice now. It grows back eventually...

Members who have read this thread: 1

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.