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.

Cannondale Six13 Slice TT  Frameset 56cm Made in USA Cannondale Six13 Slice TT  Frameset 56cm Made in USA 0 $250.00 3h 24m
Lemond Zurich 59cm Road bike frameset with carbon fork Lemond Zurich 59cm Road bike frameset with carbon fork $389.98 3h 35m
Javelin Amarone 50cm Road bike frameset Ultralight Dedacciai U2 tubing Javelin Amarone 50cm Road bike frameset Ultralight Dedacciai U2 tubing $384.99 3h 35m
Gorgeous Wilier Gran Turismo 54cm Frameset, with Zipp Handlebar, Seatpost, Gorgeous Wilier Gran Turismo 54cm Frameset, with Zipp Handlebar, Seatpost, 0 $1,200.00 6h 18m
Focus izalco max frameset size M Focus izalco max frameset size M 0 $800.00 7h 45m
Cannondale Super 6 Evo Di2 56cm Frameset Cannondale Super 6 Evo Di2 56cm Frameset 0 $499.99 8h 58m
Niner BSB 9 RDO 2015 Frameset, 59cm, Extremely Clean Niner BSB 9 RDO 2015 Frameset, 59cm, Extremely Clean $1,380.00 9h 50m
Ritte Vlaanderen large 58cm Carbon Road Bike - FRAMESET ONLY - Ritte Vlaanderen large 58cm Carbon Road Bike - FRAMESET ONLY - 0 $1,249.00 11h 31m
2005 Trek 2100 Frameset Size 56 (WL3162241) 2005 Trek 2100 Frameset Size 56 (WL3162241) $399.00 13h 46m
2016 GT Grade Frameset Size 55cm (F150506921) 2016 GT Grade Frameset Size 55cm (F150506921) $599.00 14h
Specialized Roubaix SL2 S-Works Frame set w/ extras Specialized Roubaix SL2 S-Works Frame set w/ extras 0 $581.45 15h 40m
2009 Fuji D-6 Triathlon Aero Carbon TT Race Bike Frameset Only 58CM 2009 Fuji D-6 Triathlon Aero Carbon TT Race Bike Frameset Only 58CM $838.00 16h 56m
Kestrel 2012 4000 LTD 55CM TT Triathlon Race Bike Carbon Frame Set ONLY Kestrel 2012 4000 LTD 55CM TT Triathlon Race Bike Carbon Frame Set ONLY $1,197.00 1d 2h 58m
2017 New Specialized TARMAC SWORKS SL5 Frameset & more Sz 58cm NO RESERVE 2017 New Specialized TARMAC SWORKS SL5 Frameset & more Sz 58cm NO RESERVE $4,500.00 1d 6h 26m
Vintage Trimble Road Bike Frame Set (More Rare Than Zipp 2001/3001) Vintage Trimble Road Bike Frame Set (More Rare Than Zipp 2001/3001) $2,499.99 1d 7h 59m
2011 Fuji Altamira 1.0 Road Bike 700c Carbon Frameset ONLY Black/Gold 50cm 2011 Fuji Altamira 1.0 Road Bike 700c Carbon Frameset ONLY Black/Gold 50cm $847.00 1d 17h 8m
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