It would be interesting to hear from riders who have experienced the difference between carbon fibre and steel, especially stainless steel, over long distances. Which is more comfortable for long days in the saddle? Alex Cook of Minneapolis’ A-train Cycles is a proponent of the latter as a competitive material for the serious daily rider, and his custom frames make for a strong argument.
For example, his Stainless Racer was designed for great acceleration and has “minimal chainstay flex while maintaining a more upright riding position”. Read: all-day comfort. Built from a blend of Reynolds 931 and KVA stainless steel, and completed with the ultra-reliable Dura-ace 9000 group, Thomson, Chris King and ENVE components, it’s a purposeful and trustworthy riding companion.
Read more on the A-train Cycles website.