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Aluminum pick.....(12 posts)

Aluminum pick.....mtnrogue
Jul 20, 2001 5:32 AM
What would be your preference for a light & "smoother" al bike? I need as much comfort as possible since I'm 40'ish, but I only weight 165lbs. My main bike is steel, just need a backup or different ride option for some racing & when the hills are more important than comfort.

re: Aluminum pick.....Mike Prince
Jul 20, 2001 5:38 AM
I've heard from others that the new Specialized compact frames are fairly comfortable, although this may be aided by the long seatposts required.
re: Aluminum pick.....Dog
Jul 20, 2001 5:40 AM
My Bianchi EV2 isn't bad; light, and not too expensive.

Jul 20, 2001 12:34 PM
My EV2 is also very comfy and much lighter than my old Allez. No experience with the new Specialized bikes, which are supposedly much improved over the 99 Allez that I rode, but my Allez was not comfy nor light enough to be designated for climbing.
De RosaThioderek
Jul 20, 2001 5:56 AM
De Rosa Merak, light, responsive, stiff, comfortable and with the scandium alloy you get a ride that is more "steel" than full aluminum frames. Reasonable prices on frames only if you buy outside the US, as I have done.

Check it out.
Klein Quantum Pro - (nm)GK
Jul 20, 2001 6:48 AM
Jul 20, 2001 7:18 AM
A riding acquaintance raves about his Griffen.
Jul 20, 2001 7:38 AM
It's got smaller tubes than your typical Al. bike so rides a little smoother. Alot of people work with Easton Scandium, Fuji and Merckx come to mind.
The weight you will save with an al frame won't much affectDoll Face
Jul 20, 2001 8:04 AM
The weight you will save with an al frame won't much affect performance unless you are doing some very serious climbing.
Hi Doll, ...true, but..mtnrogue
Jul 20, 2001 9:47 AM
my steel bike is a wee bit heavy for some things. Steel fork, and cyclo-cross setup, 23lbs.

What do you like? (the orginal question)

Hi Doll, ...true, but..Doll Face
Jul 20, 2001 11:20 AM
I was out on a ride last night with my old 23lb SLX steed and a 42x19 low. Not a hint of Carbon or Ti anywhere, no ergo power. Two guys with the latest sloping toptube Dura Ace bikes were left like they were standing still on the first severe grade. Its about legs and lungs.

I also have a 19lb EL/OS (with Genius fork). Honestly, I cannot feel the difference between the two bikes. I weight 145. I reckon if a lightweight was in the cards for me I would get a Columbus Genius/Nemo/Foco, possibly Ti, would not even consider al.
Jul 20, 2001 9:05 AM
I ride a Klein. I'm a big guy and I wanted a light, strong frame. I've contemplated very seriously about buying a Klein frameset and having it built up with Campy Chorus and skipping on the steel bike, it just seems silly to own two al bikes. Klein also offers a muliple of choices on paint jobs. I don't think you could find a better al framed bike for the price.
It might be too rigid for your tastes at your weight. It's hard to say want you are looking for. Lots of road feel, you feel every little bump. Sort of like a suspension on a sports car. The owner of my LBS recommended an al bike with cb seat stays, such as the Pinarello Opera. Just make sure you know what type of ride you want.
Al isn't for everyone...