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Aluminum vs. steel for a rider who weights 190lb?(3 posts)

Aluminum vs. steel for a rider who weights 190lb?OZ1
Dec 16, 2002 4:09 AM
which frame will be better for sprints and long distances
rides?
can't have it both ways...C-40
Dec 16, 2002 5:03 AM
A stiff Al frame would be great for sprints and a steel frame (standard tube sizes) would be great for long distances.

Pick the one that's most important. At 190lbs. the harsher Al ride probably won't bother you too much. Al is more widely available these days.
Not the questionEager Beagle
Dec 16, 2002 8:09 AM
need to ask WHICH steel and Al frames. Single, double, triple butted - typre of Al/steel - filleted/brazed - which builder - geometry - etc etc.

And that's before you even get into wheels/tyres/forks/saddles etc which in the view of many make more difference than frame material anyway.

As a very general rule, steel is more "forgiving" than Al, but you have to consider that there are a lot of differently riding Al frames out there.

FWIW - I see a mix of steel and Al at crits, but usually a lot more steel on Audax type events. However, weight and retro factors are probably as important than ride quality for many.