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.

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 $771.12 4h 6m
2016 Specialized s works tarmac nibali frameset limited edition 2016 Specialized s works tarmac nibali frameset limited edition $4,800.00 6h 39m
2014 Giant Propel Advanced Frameset (B1520), Size XL - INV-2684 2014 Giant Propel Advanced Frameset (B1520), Size XL - INV-2684 $545.84 10h 30m
De Rosa KING 3 Carbon Bike Frameset 56cm De Rosa KING 3 Carbon Bike Frameset 56cm 0 $10.43 10h 55m
De Rosa Kron Formula TRI-TT Carbon Frameset 54cm De Rosa Kron Formula TRI-TT Carbon Frameset 54cm 0 $10.44 10h 55m
2012 Colnago EPS 700C Frame Set Color As Is 2012 Colnago EPS 700C Frame Set Color As Is 0 $8.54 10h 55m
2003 K2 Mod 5.0 Frameset, Size 54 cm - INV-19604 2003 K2 Mod 5.0 Frameset, Size 54 cm - INV-19604 $345.76 10h 58m
60cm Trek frameset, custom paint job 60cm Trek frameset, custom paint job $850.00 14h 19m
Pinarello Dogma 60.1 Frameset Size 55 Pinarello Dogma 60.1 Frameset Size 55 0 $1,300.00 17h 38m
Cinelli MASH Histogram 57cm M Track FRAMESET ONLY w/ Seatpost Fixed Gear Fixie Cinelli MASH Histogram 57cm M Track FRAMESET ONLY w/ Seatpost Fixed Gear Fixie 1 $549.00 18h 45m
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 $399.97 19h 9m
Cannondale Super 6 Evo Di2 56cm Frameset Cannondale Super 6 Evo Di2 56cm Frameset 0 $479.99 1d 19h 43m
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 1d 22h 23m
Bianchi Freccia Celeste 120 yr Anniversary Frame Set Bianchi Freccia Celeste 120 yr Anniversary Frame Set $473.47 1d 22h 34m
Bridgestone RB1 Synergy Ishiwata 022 Steel Frame Set S Road Bike Mint Condition Bridgestone RB1 Synergy Ishiwata 022 Steel Frame Set S Road Bike Mint Condition $599.99 2d 4h 28m
SOMA ES - EXTRA SMOOTH ROAD FRAMESET SOMA ES - EXTRA SMOOTH ROAD FRAMESET 2 $5.50 2d 7h 48m
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