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Ready to upgrade - Carbon or Ti?(10 posts)

Ready to upgrade - Carbon or Ti?BNA_Biker
Mar 11, 2002 4:28 PM
I'm 'bout ready to treat myself to an upgrade from my C'dale CAAD4. I'm a heavy rider 220lbs and have never ridden a TI or CF. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Budget+Material+Design=Dream Bike??Slipstream
Mar 11, 2002 5:38 PM
How much do you want to spend?

Check out this article posted by James a couple of days ago. It provide a thorough treament on the pros/cons of different materials. What you also have to factor in is frame design.

http://www.sjsu.edu/orgs/asmtms/artcle/articl.htm
If Budget+Material+Design=Dream Bike, then...Ahimsa
Mar 11, 2002 5:51 PM
...does

Budget+Material+Design-True Skill Level-Wife's Input+Percieved Need-Reality=What One Will Buy Instead?

Just curious.

A. (Doin' the math baby, doin' the MATH.)
I think you just explained the theory of relativity ;+) nmSlipstream
Mar 11, 2002 5:57 PM
Einstein was a cyclist after all. [nm]Ahimsa
Mar 11, 2002 6:07 PM
A couple of suggestionsCT1
Mar 11, 2002 6:11 PM
How about both??? ;)

Don't mention it much (if ever) but my CT1 is the best riding frame I've ever thrown a leg over. I think the BSTAY model might be a something you should look into if you're looking for a big change from your Cadd4. I can tell you the CT1 will ride MUCH nicer than your Dale. I know from whence I speak as I'm a former Cadd5 owner.

A solid alternative to the "hybrid" CT1 would be something from LS. They're a bit pedestrian in styling but they'll last forever and they do ride decent. Since you currently own a Dale I suspect you don't care about style. ;) Sorry, just couldn't resist. :)

Of the carbon frames available I suspect the LOOK KG381i, Trek 5500 (and up), and the Calfee LUNA would all be acceptable choices for someone your size.

Good luck and don't take any of this advice too seriously.... ;)
JohnG
A couple of more suggestions...Slipstream
Mar 12, 2002 5:48 AM
You might want to work with wrenchscience.com because they will factor in all your measurements including weight and give you some solid advice on which type of frame.

FWIW ;>)
re: Ready to upgrade - Carbon or Ti?JimP
Mar 12, 2002 10:00 AM
I faced that issue two years ago. Although I don't weigh quite as much as you do, I rode a 63cm C'dale for a long time because they didn't flex as much (not at all) in the larger sizes. I talked to a number of folks riding ti and CF. The comments that I received from the TI folks was mixed - loved the ride to somewhat dead ride. The CF crowd was all enthusiastic. I rode with a few people riding on Aegis bikes and they really liked the ride. I did some research on them and was impressed enough to order one. They will deliver your bike through a LBS or you can find your local dealer and place the order through him. I did the latter since I wanted a more custom setup. Aegis does do custom layups for heavier riders though I don't think your weight really would require that. I have been very satisfied with my Aegis AroSvelte and would recommend looking at them. www.aegisbicycles.com
re: Ready to upgrade - Carbon or Ti?mackgoo
Mar 12, 2002 11:10 AM
Cycling plus just did a little blurb on this. Acording to them CF has the most potential. Now I don't know how your weught fits in to that.
re: Ready to upgrade - Carbon or Ti?Oneheart
Mar 12, 2002 1:34 PM
I just sold my trusty Litespeed Classic (rode for 9000 miles) and built a LOOK 281 with all Dura ace. They both have a excellent ride with the LOOK carbon being a bit more damped in the bumps. I also think the LOOK descends better at high speed but not by much. I don't think you can go wrong with either material.