The text below comes from the Henry James website:
Steel has a lot going for it. No other frame material can make all these claims:
- Tensile strengths of steel bicycle tubing have doubled in the last few years, leading to lighter and livelier, and most importantly, more comfortable frames.
- Steel frames can be brazed at low temperatures with minimal metallurgical effects because, unlike in welding, the tube is not melted.
- Brazed steel frames need little or no alignment after building.
- Esthetically and technically superior brazed lug construction can only be used for steel frames. Steel lugs reinforce the joints allowing lighter gauge tubing. This leads to longer lived frames and a more responsive ride.
- Steel has a higher density than other frame materials so it provides a more lively ride and better feedback when riding at close to the limit of traction.