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info needed: scandium vs OCLV carbon(4 posts)

info needed: scandium vs OCLV carbonMaverick
Sep 22, 2002 7:59 AM
what are the superior qualities of scandium compared with carbon fiber (or vice versa)?

btw which road frame has the all round qualities (road handling, climbing, sprints etc)
Trek 5200 or Eddy Merckx Team SC?

I'm becoming more and more convinced about what the ol' sawsbill
Sep 22, 2002 8:07 AM
around here have been saying for eons -- it's not about the material, it's about the design. So, the trick thing about scandium is that, when alloyed with alu, the resulting alloy is stronger than alu and can be drawn thinner than alu and still retain the same strength, which tells you absolutely nothing because it's so thoroughly abstract.
I've heard that the Merckx is amazing. I've ridden a 5200 (briefly), and it was nice. So, go try them out; there can be no substitute.
Apples and orangesAFred
Sep 22, 2002 8:55 AM
To certain extent, you're comparing apples and oranges. Carbon fiber provides a very different ride from aluminum. You need to choose which material provides the best compromise for you and then make a selection from within that category.

I own CF, Ti and Alu bikes because I'm nuts and have a very understanding wife. Each rides very differently. I use the Merckx for fast club rides, and I find it to be an exceptional bike. It'slight, stiff, and rides like a dream (for aluminum). For longer rides I always choose my LS Classic, and for crits/club races I use my Kestrel.

Your choice should become easier once you decide what it is you want to do with the bike: fitness, race, tour, etc. The other thing to remember is that when your choices are all on the high end, you really can't go wrong as long as the bike is properly fit. Best of luck.
I have both...JohnSmith
Sep 23, 2002 8:28 AM
and I like both for different reasons. First of all, the EM Team SC is not nearly as stiff as the OCLV nor as light. I thought the opposite would be true! However, I love the laid-back stage race geometry and stability. This is my weekend racer. As a daily rider- long-distance bike and (for me) a commuter, nothing beats the OCLV for comfort.