Questions about purchasing bicycles and parts
I agree. My Merckx Corsa Extra and Colnago Dream have i" threaded forks and headset. That's not what is holding me back. They look so much more elegant than Aheadsets. I was commenting because OP said he didn't want 1" threaded forks.
Stems are an eye of the beholder thing. I'd prefer a threadless setup any day, at least on a steel bike built today (a restoration of an older bike might be a different matter). A head tube for 1,1/8" forks will certainly give you more fork options too.
This is important. My old frame has a 1" threaded steerer and I'm going to convert it to a threadless setup at some point so I can run 31.6 mm handlebars. There are very few modern bars for 25.4 mm handlebar clamps.
You could use one of these until you do full conversion.
http://www.wiggle.com.au/profile-quill- ... converter/
The reissued Cinelli 1A quill stem has a 26mm clamp, quite a few handlebars available.
My personal preference is quill but most off the shelf steel frames these days will have a 1 & 1/8 threadless steerer and of course a custom frame can be made how you like.
Different strokes for different folks,
2012 Jim Bundy
1995 Bosevski - Athena
mid/late eighties Colnago Cromor
Two Italian Company's that are famous for Steel Frames are Zullo http://www.zullo-bike.com/prodotti.html
and Scapin http://www.scapin.com/ita/bici-carbonio ... t/gallery/
I had a Scapin, was an EOS Team, made around the year 2000 i think. Columbus Foco, worst 'bike' decision i've made was to sell it for something new.
If you can get one second hand I'd still highly recommend them. I still check eBay to see if any are going cheap, unfortunately the wife would kill me if i added another bike. The Scapins really do have a life all of their own. Not as light as carbon but feel so good to ride that weight just isn't a consideration when you're riding one. Aaahhh regrets.....
Stefano Scapin did sell the company years ago but still has some involvement in the company. Steel Scapins and high end still made in Italy, I'm sure the lower end are made in Taiwan. My friend was the sole importer a couple of years ago and still has some steel and carbon Scapins left in his shop, i use to have a Scapin EKLE SL carbon bike it was beautiful but now have a WR COMPOSITI bike .
The cache of an Italian built bike is OK as far as it goes, but Reynolds/Columbus/Tange etc tubing doesn't mystically change its properties the further east it is put together into a frame, and a well done weld/braze is a well done weld/braze. I wouldn't let the source of the frame bother me too much (in fact at all) as long the brand was reputable and you were confident you had recourse for a fault.
If it was being presented as one thing and actually another, well that would be annoying.
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