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Carbon fiber vs. Aluminum(6 posts)

Carbon fiber vs. Aluminumddog99
Oct 28, 2002 3:47 PM
Looking at the results from Track Worlds. It looks like the carbon fiber frames kicked butt on the others.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/track/2002/sep02/WTC02/?id=ip
And your point would be? (nm)Kerry
Oct 28, 2002 4:45 PM
And your point would be? (nm)mackgoo
Oct 28, 2002 5:09 PM
Carbon frames kicked butt on others. Was it that hard?
Incorrect. <i>Riders</i> on carbon bikes kicked butt.SnowBlind
Oct 28, 2002 7:53 PM
The bike just sat there. The rider busted his ass to win.
Incorrect. <i>Riders</i> on carbon bikes kicked butt.REPO42
Oct 28, 2002 10:02 PM
Yeah that's all fine and dandy, but... Depends on what your expectations are and financial situation. I would have to say that the majority of unsponsered cyclist are looking for the best components for the dollar value. Carbon fiber is a very awesome material that has come a long way as far as durability,but in recent years I would have to say that carbon fiber has not made enough gains over other types of materials in order for me to want to go out and buy a $2000 frame. Same applies to titanium...I think aluminum has made the biggest gains as far as durability/weight relation and affordabilty. Add a quality carbon fork and seatpost and you can get pretty smooth ride, and the weight is not much more than of a carbon fiber bike. Giant TCR frame 2.2lbs....aluminum. and oh yes, way more affordable than per say a kestral. Aluminum is also very stiff and responsive, maybe even more responsive that carbon fiber. So if anyone thinks that they are just going to jump on an overpriced carbon fiber bike and kick the snot out of some of these aluminum ones....I would say think again, put the extra money you will save in your pocket, unless that is, your lotto numbers come up....
Incorrect. <i>Riders</i> on carbon bikes kicked butt.ddog99
Oct 29, 2002 8:56 AM
Thanks for the reply. I like your thoughts. It will always come down to the athlete, but all things being equal. I think that carbon fiber on the track has come to the front. Again thanks.