Two french brands, specialized on hardtail frame, will battle a niche market : the steel frames.
Sobre Bikes has a complete line up built around steel frames. Sobre Bikes is known for that and much appreciate.
You discovered the Dad recently on mtb-check
Skyde is well-known for its quality titanium frames – and they just announce the production of steel frames to complete their line up for 2013.
Geometries don’t change between the titanium and the new steels bikes. Skyde knows that only a few people can buy a titanium frame, because it’s exclusive and expensive.
Another good idea , they decide that all their steel frame will adopt a chrome design / color, that’s make a difference with Sobre and of course it’s smart to get a brilliant line up between titanium and chromoly.
You can get or pre-order one of this steel frame (sobre or skyde) for around 350€.
It’s not a surprise to check that Skyde matches the price of its frames to main competitor pricing..
So, are you ready for a hardtail break ?
You have the choice between 26ers (multi, spam / classicotomillo) and 29ers (Dad / Veintinueve).