While steel has been mostly superseded by materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre, steel bikes still have a passionate following, with plenty riders refusing to ride anything else. As the saying goes, ‘steel is real’, and as a frame material, it provides a smooth and springy ride quality that no other frame material can match. 

Steel is stiff, durable, and a comparatively easy material to work with; if your frame does break, a local welder should be able to fix you up. But steel is heavy compared to other frame materials and is subject to corrosion, too. 

The best steel road bikes you can buy

Best steel bikes: Niner

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Niner RLT9

A do-everything steel roadie

Price: £2599 / $3,400 / AU$TBC | Available as: Frameset or complete bike | Brakes: Disc

Stability through chop

Flat mount discs

Rear bottle mount a bit high

Weighty