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Steel or aluminum frame?????(5 posts)

Steel or aluminum frame?????pwcracr
Feb 18, 2003 5:28 PM
New to the Road biking scene and want to know which is the better frame to go with......steel????? or Aluminum??? this will be my first road bike......I have a Aluminum framed mtn bike with a carbon fiber swing arm....any info would greatly be appericated!!

Thanks, Todd
Buy the one with the nicest paint job. . .czardonic
Feb 18, 2003 6:05 PM
. . .or whatever other quality most endears you to a bike. Chances are, it will have a much bigger impact on your long term satisfaction with a bike than the frame material.

The better frame to go with is the one you have test ridden to your satisfaction and know works for your style of riding. You could spend the next month reading posts about why steel is "smooth" and aluminum is "harsh", or you can spend the time test-riding bikes and figuring out for yourself whether any of that applies to you and the frames you are considering.

My opinion: Both can ride just fine, but aluminum sounds tinny and cheap.

Good luck.
re: Steel or aluminum frame?????MR_GRUMPY
Feb 18, 2003 7:31 PM
If you are 160 Lbs or under, you could get one of those 2 1/2 pound aluminum frames. If you are heavier than that I would recomend a 3 pound Al frame or a 3 1/2 pound steel frame.
Carbon Forks = smoother ride (so they say)KeeponTrekkin
Feb 19, 2003 6:10 AM
with any frame, but probably more important with an aluminum frame. The damping properties of a carbon fork add comfort to a road bike. A well designed and built frame in any material can be harsh or so smooth independent of being stiff so rules of thumb do not apply to every bike and every frame. A carbon fork compensates for a frame design where practical compromises have left it with a harsh ride. The above advice is right on. Get out and ride. Welcome to the scene.
Steel ya damm fool!!!!!!!!steelfreak
Feb 19, 2003 9:22 PM
When yas ridin down ther road yur fillins stays a put. If ya knows someone withs one of those darn blasted aluminum job, tells the fool to takes there frame to a recycling center and gets some cotton pickin beer money. They can use ther materiel to makes more beer cans.