Why Steel, because it rocks! I was surprised when I took my R1 out for the first test ride. The last time I rode a steel frame must have been in the mid 90’s. Back then we only had steel, but today we have carbon, aluminium and titanuim, so why go back? The answer is simple, steel frames are no longer that heavy, they are stiffer and just look retro. The Colmubus Thron compound can complete with an upper class alloy frame, the stiffness is the aspect that impressed me the most. The power transmission is really good, gone are the days when front derailleur would scrape along the chain when climbing out of the saddle and the annoying noise would remind you of how much energy you are loosing via the bottom bracket. Let’s not forget the comfort, I tested it on various cobblestone sections around Hamburg, makes me wonder how modern day pros ride Roubaix on carbon.