> >Does QR ever intend on returning
> >to high quality steel frames (zero gravity)? I love QR and >have been
> >riding a zero gravity for three years. Just daydreaming >about what the
> >next frame for me will be. I have every intenetion to stick >with QR.
> >Keep up the good work, Dan.
> Steel is for real. I have an awesome QR steel frame; the Q Road. I do
> all my training, and most of my bike racing on it. I agree with you.
> There's something special about the feel of a nice steel frame. Huh, huh.
> Huh, huh.
thank you beavis.
we certainly will return to steel. special editions cost us more to
produce than kilos (not that kilos are cheap to make, they are quite
expensive). but making a pro steel road frame in the U.S. is hugely
last year we actually lost money on every special edition we sold. but we
were happy to do so, because we made a very fine bike that, frankly, in
our own opinion, allowed us to spank companies that tried to sell a
complete tri bike for close to $1,500. we want the $1,500-$2,000 price
point very badly, and are going to protect it jealously, and so the
special edition was simply a casualty of economics for us. since we're
selling kilos for $1,500 complete, the special edition just couldn't make
the starting lineup. a time will come again when the virtues of an
expensive pro steel frame will outshine issues such as weight, and then
we will start producing them again.
we actually still make steel bikes, we make them only for the road race
market. also, we made a special bike for mac martin in hawaii, which was
a zero gravity with the kilo private reserve's carbon gusset installed
(along with an Illuminaero fork). he rode a 4:43 on that bike, which was
quite fast for an old fart (I think about 8 or 9 minutes faster than the
next fastest guys in his age group, which were Dave Scott and Scott
I think we're probably going to offer Zero Gravity owners a gusset
retrofit and repaint, probably for about $300, which I think will be a
nice way to spruce up what was one of the nicer bikes we ever made, and in
that way we're sort of still in the steel business.