Posted by: kwikle on Dec-17-12 8:49 AM (EST)
Many many small frame fabricators are working exclusively in steel. And it isn't at the detriment to CF, but rather for the strength to weight ratio for the COST, steel wins hands down. And the resurgence of all the interest in fixies, and hand-built bikes has created a resurgence of steel frames. It's what all the cool kids in skinny jeans are buying!
Almost every college town has 3-4 bike shops with at least two custom frame makers you've never heard of. I even have two friends who make custom bikes. Not saying this is scientific, and does it make up for all of the giant's and treks made in aluminum or cf, no... but there are lots of new bikes made in steel.