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Steel, aluminum whats the difference(3 posts)

Steel, aluminum whats the differenceJW
Mar 2, 2002 5:39 PM
I am trying to decide between steel and aluminum. I have test rode both, the steel felt pretty good. BUT the aluminum seemed to be "springy", does that indicate that aluminum is a more rigid frame. What are those benefits. I don't know if I will ever race but I do intend to ride some long distance events. How does the aluminum hold up comfort wise. I am 68 inches ,165 lbs if that matters. I also know that most steel bikes are warrantied for life and aluminum is not. Does this mean aluminum is more likely to fail? I know this post is full of questions, and all the help I get is appreciated.
I'm no expert...RandyA
Mar 2, 2002 6:26 PM
... but I have a link to a website:


It gives a good overall view of all the materials used in bikes.

Hope that helps,
get steelcyclopathic
Mar 3, 2002 8:29 AM
if you don't race and plan to do long distance events you'd appreciate it. Difference is noticable after 70-80mi and it may be hard to tolerate after you put another 100mi.

with respect to warranty Cannondale gives lifetime warranty on Al bikes most don't. generaly Al frames have shorter fatigue life but it isn't big problem in casual use (unless you're pushing 250lbs+ and/or plan to race RAAM)