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Aluminum vs. Steel for mainly short rides?(2 posts)

Aluminum vs. Steel for mainly short rides?xjeffx
Jul 15, 2001 7:16 AM
I'm looking at getting a cyclocross bike and have faced several challenges in deciding which bike to buy. For the most part, I have decided on one bike (steel-Surly) which has less than great stock parts and was presented another deal on an aluminum bike (Cannondale) with great parts. Same price for both.

The question is, should I get the great parts and alum. frame or steel frame and less than great parts? I usually use my bike for shorter rides and commuting. Any help? Thanx
re: Aluminum vs. Steel for mainly short rides?badabill
Jul 16, 2001 7:28 AM
Tough Question. I ride a Surly and love it so I am a little bias. I use mine for a lot of offroad treks, singletrack and fire road. The steel is tough and it rides great. If both bikes fit you go with the best parts spec ( if there is that much of a difference). You can allways upgrade to a steel Suly frame ($329 at bikeman)later if you find the alu. to harsh.