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Carbon Fiber Seat Stays(5 posts)

Carbon Fiber Seat Staysbigriderblack
Feb 5, 2004 9:24 AM
I am just looking to get some feedback here - I just bought the 04 Specialized Comp 18. I really like the bike and enjoy the ride - However, my riding partners seem to beleive that any bike in the 1500.00 dollar range that does not have CF stays is not a good value. I would welcome any an all opinions on CF stays and their effectiveness. I am a hard recreational rider and weigh in at about 205 lbs if that makes any difference. My LBS says that it only makes a difference on longer (75+ rides) and even then only slightly. Look forward to the opinions
not that valuable...C-40
Feb 5, 2004 10:05 AM
I've got a very pricey Colnago C-40 that is all carbon and a much cheaper Fondriest that is Aluminum with carbon seatstays. The ride of the C-40 is better on gravel-sealed roads and bit better going over sharp mismatches in the road, but it's a full carbon bike. Since I only weigh 135, I really notice a harsh frame. The Fondriest is not that much different.

I can't imagine that having carbon stays would make a significant difference in the ride, particularly with a rider that weighs 205. If you're after a smoother ride and not already using 25mm tires, a change from a 23mm to a 25mm would make a lot more difference than carbon stays.

Many of the highest priced Al frames do not have carbon stays becasue they are heavier than those made of Al. The very lightest Al frames are often ALL aluminum.
not that valuable...bigriderblack
Feb 9, 2004 6:24 AM
Thanks for the info all - I think you are all absoloutly correct - I rode my buddy's Douglas fusion with CF Stays and found the ride to be no different and actually felt that my Allez comp was smoother during some portions of the ride.
Agree with C-40Nater
Feb 5, 2004 10:31 AM
Aluminum/carbon bikes are often heavier than aluminum frames because of the big lug needed to bond the two materials together. I don't think you would notice a difference between two bikes provided everything else is identical. If it fits you and you can ride it comfortably for a few hours at a time, don't worry about it. Pick on your riding buds for falling victim to the marketing machine!

I'm about your size and ride a DB 7005 aluminum GT frame with a carbon fork and 23mm Conti Gatorskins and am happy enough. I'll probably try a custom steel frame next though!
have to agree with your LBSRealCyclopatic
Feb 5, 2004 12:34 PM
and C-40, the diff will be more pronounced on longer rides and bad roads, but even then full carbon fork would have more effect.