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road bike: carbon, steel, alu, or alu/carbon mix???
« on: July 28, 2008, 07:31:42 PM »
Im leaning towards a full aluminum frame for my road bike build. I know it is stiffer but with a carbon seat post and fork i think it will be fine. Plus it will be super snappy. I just dont know about full carbon. I dont think i need anything like that. As for the alu/carbon mix i dunno seems like it would be best of both worlds. But does that carbon seat stay really do that much?. Steel is nice but i already have a steel road bike. Its old though so im sure a new steel frame made of Columbus would be way different. Here is the frame im looking to get.



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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 08:18:37 PM »
I opted for alum w/carbon stays



it is very snappy but the ride is very smooth - The 100% carbon frames I road flexed more than I like.

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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008, 08:20:06 PM »






those are very nice looking frames by the way

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008, 09:37:14 PM »
Im leaning towards a full aluminum frame for my road bike build. I know it is stiffer but with a carbon seat post and fork i think it will be fine. Plus it will be super snappy. I just dont know about full carbon.



I rode an aluminum frame with carbon fork and seat post for 7 years.  It was a great ride and I could still make it go fast and respond well even though it was 22lbs!!  I now ride a Tarmac full carbon that is quite a bit lighter, 17.5 lbs., and is stiff also with the compact frame.  It accelerates fast and I feel good after long rides.  Both bikes are nice, but I think I would give the comfort edge to the full carbon after a 100 miler.

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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2008, 09:40:17 PM »
I think I would give the comfort edge to the full carbon after a 100 miler.

who rides their bikes that far - haha

agreed that would be very comfy - going carbon seat post, bars/stem combo seems really comfy as well - I rode 60 miles Sunday and it felt great.

what kind of components are you looking to gear it up with?

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2008, 06:14:19 AM »
At the moment i want to build it up with torelli wheels, fork, seatpost, stem, bars, and campagnolo carbon centar group. Its going to be somewhat a gradual build. Wife wont let me dump that much money in one sitting. I will be going with the tri color painted frame also.

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 06:26:23 AM »
At the moment i want to build it up with torelli wheels, fork, seatpost, stem, bars, and campagnolo carbon centar group. Its going to be somewhat a gradual build. Wife wont let me dump that much money in one sitting. I will be going with the tri color painted frame also.


I got my centaur group for cheap through a LBS that has a deal going right now - I will PM you the info (it is the new group with carbon shifters/derailiars) 





It also included these carbon bars and stems


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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2008, 06:57:59 AM »
Nice. Does it include the carbon cranks?

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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2008, 07:32:58 AM »
Nice. Does it include the carbon cranks?

it is the alum version of the cranks - I had K-Force Light carbons on my last bike and I like these Alum Campy's better - Very stiff and responsive - at 220 punds, I can easily tell when something is flexing - haha

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« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2008, 09:20:29 AM »
steel is real.. my next road frame..  hhmmmm :-\

 

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