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.

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 4h 47m
Cannondale Six13 Slice TT  Frameset 56cm Made in USA Cannondale Six13 Slice TT  Frameset 56cm Made in USA 0 $250.00 11h 2m
Lemond Zurich 59cm Road bike frameset with carbon fork Lemond Zurich 59cm Road bike frameset with carbon fork $389.98 11h 13m
Javelin Amarone 50cm Road bike frameset Ultralight Dedacciai U2 tubing Javelin Amarone 50cm Road bike frameset Ultralight Dedacciai U2 tubing $384.99 11h 13m
Gorgeous Wilier Gran Turismo 54cm Frameset, with Zipp Handlebar, Seatpost, Gorgeous Wilier Gran Turismo 54cm Frameset, with Zipp Handlebar, Seatpost, 0 $1,200.00 13h 56m
Focus izalco max frameset size M Focus izalco max frameset size M 0 $800.00 15h 24m
Cannondale Super 6 Evo Di2 56cm Frameset Cannondale Super 6 Evo Di2 56cm Frameset 0 $499.99 16h 36m
Niner BSB 9 RDO 2015 Frameset, 59cm, Extremely Clean Niner BSB 9 RDO 2015 Frameset, 59cm, Extremely Clean $1,380.00 17h 28m
Ritte Vlaanderen large 58cm Carbon Road Bike - FRAMESET ONLY - Ritte Vlaanderen large 58cm Carbon Road Bike - FRAMESET ONLY - 0 $1,249.00 19h 9m
2005 Trek 2100 Frameset Size 56 (WL3162241) 2005 Trek 2100 Frameset Size 56 (WL3162241) $399.00 21h 24m
2016 GT Grade Frameset Size 55cm (F150506921) 2016 GT Grade Frameset Size 55cm (F150506921) $599.00 21h 38m
Specialized Roubaix SL2 S-Works Frame set w/ extras Specialized Roubaix SL2 S-Works Frame set w/ extras 0 $581.45 23h 19m
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 34m
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 10h 37m
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 14h 4m
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 15h 38m
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