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Carbon Seatstays. Is there a reason for them??????(15 posts)

Carbon Seatstays. Is there a reason for them??????rtyszko
Aug 8, 2002 7:16 AM
Okay, I posted this question last week on the "Components" forum and didn't get many responses so I'm hoping that posting it here will help me learn more.

As we may have all noticed most manufacturers (even smaller ones like DEAN) are offering carbon seatstays on many of their models. Is there a real benefit? I ask, because companies like Cannondale do not because they claim that their curved seatstays absorb shock/vibrations without adding additional weight.

Anyone out there riding a model that has a carbon seatstay? If so, which one and why did you chose it? I have to admit that when you see pros in the peleton riding Litespeeds with crbon seat stays I have to really wonder if there is a significant advantage. I mean, I thought for most, all titanium was the bees knees, but now, carbon seatstays/Ti mix. Gheesh.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

Bob Tyszko
No reason at all. Thats why the pros ride them. (nm)onespeed
Aug 8, 2002 7:27 AM
the pros ride what they are paid to ride (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 8, 2002 7:32 AM
Not all pros ride what they are paid to ride.onespeed
Aug 8, 2002 7:46 AM
Havent we seen bikes made up to look like the brand they are supposed to be riding? Hasnt this issue been addressed here before?

If I was a pro, I wouldnt ride anything that detracted from my performance.
yeah but how many PAY for bikes w/ carbon stays? (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 8, 2002 8:20 AM
I dont know, how many? (nm)onespeed
Aug 8, 2002 8:22 AM
Aug 8, 2002 9:21 AM
I thought it was around 10 or so. (nm)onespeed
Aug 8, 2002 9:54 AM
Recent interview with HincapieMatno
Aug 8, 2002 9:17 AM
in Mountain Bike magazine made it sound like he just rides whatever they give him. He didn't think that any of the USPS riders had custom frames, just stock Trek.
re: stiffer rearcyclopathic
Aug 8, 2002 7:35 AM
on Ti/steel frames carbon monoseatstay makes rear stiffer w/o sacrificing ride much. Carbon chain/seatstays do improve ride of Al. Weightwise you gain weight on Al frame, loose on steel and break even on Ti, we are talking about diff ~3oz
Not really, but entire carbon rear ends are another story...miposy
Aug 8, 2002 9:40 AM
A frame builder I know says seatstays only are mostly cosmetic.

However, he says that, all else being equal, entire carbon rear ends are laterally stiffer than aluminum, titanium, or steel, more compliant than aluminum (but not significantly more compliant than steel or ti), and can provide nominal weight savings over steel and ti (but not aluminum).
They absorb road vibrations like a carbon fork. (nm)cabinfever
Aug 8, 2002 10:05 AM
re: Carbon Seatstays. Is there a reason for them??????RayBan
Aug 8, 2002 10:10 AM
I hve a Pinarello Opera with Carbon stays, Its comfortable and the carbon takes the sharpness out of vibrations in the same way that the carbon fork does.
stiffness reason #1Raf1
Aug 8, 2002 6:41 PM
re: Carbon Seatstays. Is there a reason for them??????fz4vgq
Aug 10, 2002 7:05 PM