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Aluminum Frames(9 posts)

Aluminum FramesTrentW
Apr 2, 2002 9:10 AM
I currently ride a low end Litespeed that is quite flexy in the bottom bracket area. I am therefore considering changing to an aluminum frame. I'm considering the Giant TCR Team frame and fork because of the apparent value. Any thoughts on this frame or any other frames the balance value with performance?
re: Aluminum Framesbrider
Apr 2, 2002 9:33 AM
Frame design is going to have more effect on ride characteristics of the bike than the actual material it's made from. There ARE very stiff Ti bikes out there, but that's not the beauty of the material. Aluminum bikes are generally large diameter because it's needed to get the stiffness into the frame. THe Giant is a good bike, and I don't think you'll go wrong with that brand. However, don't necessarily lock yourself into aluminum. Ride a lot of bikes and see what you like best.
Giantsweiwentg
Apr 2, 2002 9:43 AM
you'd be hard pressed to find a better bike for the money, imho. they are light and stiff, and have aggressive geometery. you might want to keep the litespeed for longer rides, though.
re: Aluminum FramesTroyboy
Apr 2, 2002 9:51 AM
I find aluminum to be the best ride for my applications. I do centuries on them, etc. They just happen to be much cheaper than most carbon and Ti. Lucky me and lots of others. I think I've had more than 5 of 14 past/present rides that are/were alu. All current are alu.

Good luck.
re: Aluminum FramesLC
Apr 2, 2002 12:13 PM
You may not like the compact style frame. For me to have a proper fit it makes the drop to the handlebars too low. For racing/fast rides Cannondale make a good frame for the money.
re: Aluminum FramesTonyR
Apr 2, 2002 12:57 PM
Trent:

How much do you plan on spending?

TR
re: Aluminum FramesTrentW
Apr 3, 2002 6:44 AM
Hi TonyR
My goal was to stay around $750 or less as I also need new wheels, that's why the giants intrigued me. I can pick a new one up for right around 750.
Possible ScenariosTonyR
Apr 3, 2002 1:14 PM
Based on what you've written, I'd say there are three ways you could go:

1.) Buy the Giant. I know people who ride them and are very happy. If your sold on the compact geometry (I'm not), I think it would be a fine ride.
2.) See if Supergo still has the GT ZR-1.0 frame available in your size. I bought one and for $300.00 something dollars (I forget the exact amount, I think it's $395). You get a frame that I think is at least as good as the Giant. You can than buy extra gear or maybe even two sets of wheels with what's left over. I've put a couple of thousand miles on mine and think it is the best bargain out there. The warranty could be an issue with all that's happened with GT, but the new owners say they will honor the old companies product. Hopefully it won't be an issue. As an aside I know of one person who needed a warranty replacement from Giant on failed frame (OCR, I think), and they were worse than terrible.
3.) For $729.00 Tom Teesdale (www.tetcycles.com will build you a custom frame from Easton 7005, the same stuff as my GT is built with. I have never owned or even ridden a Teesdale, but alot of folks on this forum speak highly of his product. There may be other builders out there who will build a custom frame for @ the same figure, he just came to mind.

If I were in you position I would explore these in reverse order. As I did not have $750 for the frame alone, I was more limited. Still, as stated, I am very happy with the choice I made. BTW, aluminum frames are great. Stiff, and if you like ride fast they are the way to go. Leave the Ti and CF to the rich guys with sensative butts.

Hope this helps.
TR
Check out Quattro Assi framesJohnIV
Apr 2, 2002 1:34 PM
If your looking along the lines of a stiff, compact aluminum frame, check out the Quattro Assi compact (Attack is the model name I think). I have one and really like it. It is super stiff, and climbs like an abused monkey. Their website is www.wmlewisimports.com. I'm pretty sure bulltek sports has these frames on sale. That's just my opinion. I love the frame's geometry, and stiffness. Oh yeah, its pretty resilient too. I crashed hard in a race this year, and the frame is still straight as an arrow. Another plus is that these frames are pretty rare. And the customer service is second to none (if you have questions, you'll talk to Mr. Lewis himself). Let me know if you've got any more questions.