smoothmoose
Some beautiful stainless steal bikes caught my eye instagram surfing:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B_kPDb_g4Sq/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-aAaWQFLto/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet

A couple pre-fab options caught my eye previously like the Otso Warakin S:
https://otsocycles.com/products/warakin-frameset

And Bjorn bikes stainless:
https://bjornbikes.com/products/stainless-steel-bjorn

Neither quite hits the geometry/fit I'm looking for.

Looks like most of custom stainless steel builders are in Europe/UK.  Any good one state side - ideally west coast?

And I'm just looking for general feedback from people that have rode stainless steel.
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mosinglespeeder
actually, yes, there are.  Waterford makes one, road, the R-33 I believe.  Looks very nice and can be customized.  Maybe even for gravel, given they have cx frames and they have relationships w/Gunnar and they have cx/road bikes

I'm not sure about gravel and stainless, I cannot remember any off the top of my head

For road bikes are others too, but most are small boutique custom frame makers, most in NW and being small and custom I am sure you could talk to them about what needs you have for gravel if thats what your looking for.

stainless has been a dream of mine for a few years now
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redmartin
I have an Otso Warakin and absolutely love the bike. It definitely fits the criteria for a gravel bike, with clearance for big tires for either 650b or 700c (there's a somewhat complicated matrix on Otso's website mapping fit vs Flip Chip position).

Note that stainless is not stainproof. It's possible to get some cosmetic surface corrosion with stainless, which can be remedied with a chemical passivation (Citrisurf or similar ... Barkeeper's Friend also works great for spot cleaning). I also use Pedro's Bike Lust to provide a protective shine, and it helps keep the bike cleaner too.

There are plenty of custom builders who fabricate in stainless too. KVA provides stainless tubes and maintains a list of their customers (not all of these necessarily build in stainless, but it's a good starting point) http://www.kvastainless.com/framebuilder-list.html. Other frame makers use Reynolds or Columbus tubing for custom stainless.
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Volsung

I had a Warakin but had it warrantied and then sold the replacement.  The braze-ons were welded with a material that corrodes so they started falling out and I had a bunch of speed holes in my frame while the stainless tubes stayed fine.

 

I got a Lynskey instead since it's MUSA, about the same price, has better geometry for me, and has a lifetime warranty.

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NoCoGreg
Volsung wrote:

I got a Lynskey instead since it's MUSA, about the same price, has better geometry for me, and has a lifetime warranty.


When I was shopping stainless bike I was disappointed to find nearly all were as much or more than a titanium frame.  Personally I don't see a huge difference in the two materials when used for bicycle frames.
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redmartin
Volsung wrote:

I had a Warakin but had it warrantied and then sold the replacement.  The braze-ons were welded with a material that corrodes so they started falling out and I had a bunch of speed holes in my frame while the stainless tubes stayed fine.



I hope my experience is different from yours. I read an earlier thread and I think you had one of the earliest Warakins (with the grey fork). Hopefully they've upgraded the materials. I noticed that the braze (weld?) joints have a kind of yellowish straw color that darkened a bit when I hit it with the Citrisurf.
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smoothmoose
Volsung wrote:
I got a Lynskey instead since it's MUSA, about the same price, has better geometry for me, and has a lifetime warranty.


So weird, I've seen Lynskey all over including on this site, visited their website before, but never realized they were MUSA.

The geometry is very close - a few tweaks, it'll be exactly what I want.  And they have 20% sale right now.  So tempting.
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