Carbon may rule the roost when it comes to race bikes in 2016, but steel remains the framebuilders’ metal of choice and has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years.
Steel is old school cool – the last time a steel bike was ridden to Tour de France victory was by Miguel Indurain in 1994, when the Spaniard won the fourth of five consecutive titles. That’s not to say it’s dated, though, and advancement in steel technology means modern steel tubesets are lighter and stiffer than ever before, while retaining the characterful ride quality which makes it a popular choice.
Steel is strong and durable, too, making it a popular choice for commuting, winter bikes and touring bikes, and can be repaired in the event of a crash.
Steel is also the most popular metal to work with when it comes to custom bikes – and the popularity of the Bespoked Bristol show continues to demonstrate the appetite for handmade bikes.
And there’s no shortage of choice when it comes to off-the-peg steel bikes either, so whether you’re after a steel training bike or something special as your Sunday best, you should be able to find something which fits the bill.
With that in mind, we’ve picked out nine of the best steel bikes which caught our eye for 2016.