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.

2015 Trek Domane Koppenberg Edition (Project One) 58cm H1 frameset — MINT 2015 Trek Domane Koppenberg Edition (Project One) 58cm H1 frameset — MINT $1,649.00 4h 31m
2015 Specialized Tarmac Pro Frameset - INV-58 2015 Specialized Tarmac Pro Frameset - INV-58 $1,700.00 9h 11m
2001 marin bobcat trail frameset 2001 marin bobcat trail frameset $250.00 11h 12m
2017 Giant Defy Advanced Frameset - M/L (56cm) - Black and Orange 2017 Giant Defy Advanced Frameset - M/L (56cm) - Black and Orange $1,300.00 11h 54m
2014 Giant TCR Advanced SL Frameset (b2113) - INV-2422 2014 Giant TCR Advanced SL Frameset (b2113) - INV-2422 $1,350.00 14h 40m
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 $950.00 14h 41m
2015 Guru Photon R Disc Frameset - INV-2792 2015 Guru Photon R Disc Frameset - INV-2792 $2,950.00 14h 42m
2008 Pinarello Prince Frameset BK FS RD 55  (b3202) - INV-3230 2008 Pinarello Prince Frameset BK FS RD 55 (b3202) - INV-3230 $1,350.00 14h 43m
2007 ORBEA ORDU 57cm Tri TT Road Bike Frameset Full Carbon W/ Fork Seatpost USED 2007 ORBEA ORDU 57cm Tri TT Road Bike Frameset Full Carbon W/ Fork Seatpost USED 0 $499.97 16h 40m
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 16h 51m
Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset $585.00 23h 9m
Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset $585.00 23h 9m
Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset $585.00 23h 9m
Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset $585.00 23h 9m
Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset $585.00 23h 9m
Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset Columbus Airplane Ruderberna Alloy Fixed Gear/Track/Fixie/Road 700C Frameset $585.00 23h 9m
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