Why Steel?


One of the big questions always asked is why would I want to use steel to build frames instead of aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, bamboo, swizzle sticks, etc?

The answer is really quite simple, no material can match the ride quality, durability and life cycle of good quality steel. The days of "gas line" steel are gone. Most folks remember their old Schwinn being steel and it was heavy and clunky. Nowadays steel can be as light, if not lighter, than the other sexy or exotic materials you see splashed across the pages of your cycling magazine.


Let's explore each of these items one by one.

Weight
Modern steels from Columbus, Reynolds, Dedacciai, etc. have tubing thicknesses much thinner than other materials. Most tubes used in Shamrock frames have about a half millimeter tube wall thickness! This obviously can keep the weight low because there is less material. It is quite possible to build a steel frame that will tip the scales at about three pounds.
Ride Quality
Anyone who has ridden a good steel bike can attest that the ride quality of steel is truly a thing of beauty. No other material gives the compliant ride and "snap" of steel. Throw a leg over an aluminum bike and go for a spin. Now do the same ride on a steel bike and the difference in ride quality is immediately apparent. Every time an aluminum frame is made God cries. Just thought you’d like to know that.
Strength
Tensile strength of quality steel is unrivaled by most other materials used in modern day bicycle frames. If anyone has seen a carbon fiber or aluminum frame fail it is a scary and ugly event. Don't get me wrong, carbon fiber is a fabulous material in the right setting. It can help dampen the high frequency vibrations on the road that end up traveling up your spine and giving you a back ache.
Dependability
All Shamrock Cycles frames are built under the assumption that this is the last frame you will ever buy. With general and basic upkeep, a steel frame will last for generations.
Rust
“One of the concerns people have with steel is that it might rust. Now, if you leave the bike outside in the rain for a year or two, you’ll have a problem on your hands. But, baring that craziness, you shouldn't worry about rust. To give you even more piece of mind, each frame is treated with J.P. Weigle Frame Saver, a rust inhibiting spray. Still not convinced? There's always the option of Stainless Steel.

Repair
Another wonderful aspect of steel is the ability to repair or even replace a tube in the event of crash or the mythical "JRA" (Just Riding Along) event. A lugged steel bike can have a tube replaced with relative ease without having to go out and purchase a new frame.
Aesthetics
Few joints (tig welded, carbon fiber wrap) can offer the sheer beauty of a fillet brazed or lugged steel joint. Take a look at the bikes pages to get a sense of what fillet and/or lugged steel construction looks like.