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.

Felt AR1 Frameset Felt AR1 Frameset $1,349.00 14h 4m
2008 Pinarello Prince Frameset BK FS RD 55  (b3202) - INV-3230 2008 Pinarello Prince Frameset BK FS RD 55 (b3202) - INV-3230 $959.00 16h 25m
2015 Specialized S-Works Tarmac Frameset, Size 56cm - INV-1546 2015 Specialized S-Works Tarmac Frameset, Size 56cm - INV-1546 $2,991.00 16h 28m
2015 Guru Photon R Disc Frameset - INV-2792 2015 Guru Photon R Disc Frameset - INV-2792 $1,837.00 16h 34m
2012 Ridley Dean RS Frameset FS TT/Tri M 700c (B2161) - INV-2570 2012 Ridley Dean RS Frameset FS TT/Tri M 700c (B2161) - INV-2570 $569.00 16h 34m
2014 Giant TCR Advanced SL Frameset (b2113) - INV-2422 2014 Giant TCR Advanced SL Frameset (b2113) - INV-2422 $834.00 16h 44m
2014 Giant Propel Advanced Frameset (B1520), Size XL - INV-2684 2014 Giant Propel Advanced Frameset (B1520), Size XL - INV-2684 $955.00 17h 15m
2016 BH Bikes Ultralight Frameset, Size Medium - INV-2495 2016 BH Bikes Ultralight Frameset, Size Medium - INV-2495 $1,075.00 17h 22m
2017 BMC Roadmachine RM02 47 Frameset Excellent Carbon 2017 BMC Roadmachine RM02 47 Frameset Excellent Carbon 2 $795.00 1d 48m
Cannondale SuperSix Evo Black road bike bicycle frameset used 56cm. Cannondale SuperSix Evo Black road bike bicycle frameset used 56cm. $2,350.00 1d 1h 29m
2012 Cervelo S5  Frameset 58cm - NO RESERVE!!! 2012 Cervelo S5 Frameset 58cm - NO RESERVE!!! $1,000.00 1d 10h 54m
Storck T.I.X. Pro Cyclocross Frameset - 2017 Black/Blue M Storck T.I.X. Pro Cyclocross Frameset - 2017 Black/Blue M $2,499.00 1d 18h 10m
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 20h 7m
ORBEA 2010 OPAL 57cm Carbon Fiber Frameset Frame Fork Road TT Tri Bike Used Demo ORBEA 2010 OPAL 57cm Carbon Fiber Frameset Frame Fork Road TT Tri Bike Used Demo 0 $499.97 2d 1h 11m
Limited Edition 2016 Litespeed Blade Time Trial/Triathlon ML Frameset PlusExtras Limited Edition 2016 Litespeed Blade Time Trial/Triathlon ML Frameset PlusExtras 0 $1,900.00 2d 5h 5m
2016 Pro Crux Frameset 54cm 2016 Pro Crux Frameset 54cm 0 $799.00 2d 15h 48m
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