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Carbon or Steel?(4 posts)

Carbon or Steel?flying
Sep 3, 2001 9:35 AM
I would like to hear some views on this.
I have ridden Italian steel for 12 years+
I am considering a new bike. I am pretty sold on a Colnago Tecnos w/Chorus.
The places that I ride are all climbing & descending.
I have been thinking a bit about carbon. I see that the Look 261 is on sale at Excel. I have also considered the Trek 5200 frame. I can test ride none of these but pretty much know how a Italian steel frame rides. I am 150lbs.
I also know that the carbon will be lighter on the climbs.
I would like to hear some pros & cons from you folks.
re: Carbon or Steel?Ian
Sep 3, 2001 9:40 AM
My first question is why can't you ride any of these? At least the Trek, there are dealers everywhere. Personally, I love carbon. But some people do not and it would hard to recommend you buy any of these bikes without at least riding something made of carbon.
re: Carbon or Steel?flying
Sep 3, 2001 12:15 PM
My first question is why can't you ride any of these?

I live on an outer Island. While there is a Trek dealer here he does only mountain bikes. ;-(
re: Carbon or Steel?MrCelloBoy
Sep 4, 2001 9:12 AM
If you get state-of-the-art try to avoid the integrated headset.
I personally am firmly planted between the classic beauty and function of steel (like Rivendell and ibis) and the high tech wonder and incredible feel of good Carbon (Calfee Tetra Tetra tandem).
Carbon can feel even better than steel on long rough roads, if built well. I've heard of some Pro's liking the Calfee over the carbon Colnago.