Choosing a Frame

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Choose the Frame to Match Your Riding Style and Budget
When choosing a road bike frame there are many factors to consider, but in the end it usually comes down to price and riding style. You can get a beautifully smooth steel frame for relatively cheap, but it's most likely going to be heavy. You can also get a light, efficient aluminum frame at a reasonable price, but it may not offer the smooth ride of steel, carbon or titanium.

What kind of riding you want to do is another huge factor in what kind of frame to choose. If you're an aspiring crit racer, comfort may not be your top priority. You'll probably be looking for a light responsive frame with agressive geometry. If you're looking to do loaded touring in remote locals, you'll might be better served with relaxed geometry and a frame that can be repaired by the village blacksmith.

In the end it comes down to personal preference, riding syle, and how much cash you want to drop. Head to your local bike shop, take a test ride and see which frame feels right and fits your budget.

2002 Trek 5200 Frameset, Size 58cm - INV-21143 2002 Trek 5200 Frameset, Size 58cm - INV-21143 $362.95 2h 55m
2014 Guru CR.901 Frameset XS 2014 Guru CR.901 Frameset XS 0 $1,000.00 3h 47m
2014 Focus MARES CX 2.0 **FRAMESET ONLY, Size 52 cm - INV-19151 2014 Focus MARES CX 2.0 **FRAMESET ONLY, Size 52 cm - INV-19151 $239.15 4h 29m
2016 Cannondale CAAD10 Track 1 Track Bike 56cm Frameset 2016 Cannondale CAAD10 Track 1 Track Bike 56cm Frameset 10 $356.00 8h 4m
carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm $449.00 8h 24m
carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm $449.00 8h 24m
carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm $449.00 8h 24m
carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm $449.00 8h 24m
carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm $449.00 8h 24m
carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm $449.00 8h 24m
carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm $449.00 8h 24m
carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm carbon frame road bike superlight carbon frameset 27.2seatpost frames 48-60cm $449.00 8h 24m
Spooky Skeletor Frame set 54cm.  Heart of Darkness black anodized.  Many extras. Spooky Skeletor Frame set 54cm. Heart of Darkness black anodized. Many extras. 0 $610.00 9h 25m
2013 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 LTD Black Frameset, Size XXL - INV-1820 2013 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 LTD Black Frameset, Size XXL - INV-1820 $856.80 17h 40m
2013 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 Frameset, Size 58 cm - INV-1546 2013 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 Frameset, Size 58 cm - INV-1546 $1,162.18 17h 41m
2016 Specialized s works tarmac nibali frameset limited edition 2016 Specialized s works tarmac nibali frameset limited edition $4,800.00 20h 14m
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