Lightning strikes thrice- this is the third steel frame this fall going to someone on the team who intends to race. This is not to say that steel bikes are archaic but the bulk of the race bikes I build are from aluminum tubes. This one weighs in at 4 lb. 8 oz. Maybe a 1 lb. weight penalty but for this rider I don't think that it will be an issue.
The frame will be fitted with a Squid EBB , just like most of the other SSCX bikes on the team. The previous bike I built for this rider was aluminum and more suited to gravel endurance events. This one is shorter and steeper to negotiate the frequently tight turns on a typical CX course. I hope that he likes how it rides.