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aluminum and carbon seatpost or aluminum with carbon stays?(3 posts)

aluminum and carbon seatpost or aluminum with carbon stays?pedalpete
Feb 10, 2003 10:31 AM
I'm looking at picking up a new frame, and am having difficulty deciding between an all aluminum frame (trc 0) and running it with a carbon seatpost or an aluminum frame with carbon stays.
I know the aluminum carbon mix is all the rage these days, but wouldn't the carbon post have the same comforting effect as the carbon seatstays?
A carbon fork helps too...bent_spoke
Feb 10, 2003 10:59 AM
I have a C'dale that uses a carbon fork & I find the alum frame to be fine. No direct experience with carbon seatstays but you hear alot of positive feedback (usually combines with a carbon fork). The seatpost alone doesn't appear to have a great impact, but if you get it with the bike, then why not as long as it fits in your budget or you get a good deal. mtc
re: aluminum and carbon seatpost or aluminum with carbon stays?The Human G-Nome
Feb 10, 2003 12:44 PM
it's not an either/or question. you could get both or neither as well. plenty of people will tell you that neither make a bit of difference. some will tell you that the difference is "night and day". the truth probably lies somewhere in between. i doubt there are many people who have lots of experience riding lots of bikes with carbon stays, and even fewer who have ridden the exact same make/model with/without carbon stays to get a real comparison. generally, the carbon stays will be very stiff and generally, carbon is known as a compliant material. you do the math. as far as the seatpost goes, it's most likely that you won't be showing enough post to get a true benefit in the way of road buzz.