As a teenager who read every inch of ‘Winning’ magazine each month some pages held my attention longer than others.
One such page was this full page advert for a Rossin Bike.
At the time these colours were exotic. The delta brake calipers bordered on erotic and the Columbus SLX steel tubing was the materiel out of which dream machines were hand crafted to perfection.
This bike probably weighed more than a beginners road bike today. Times change and as carbon fibre became more affordable steel framesets became a rare commodity. That’s why it was good to see the Madison Genesis rider Liam Holohan win a stage of the Ras on a steel frame last week.
Carbon may be lighter, more responsive and more malleable into unusual shapes, but steel will always be real !