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Most Comfortable Carbon Frame Bicycle?(13 posts)

Most Comfortable Carbon Frame Bicycle?MarcB
Mar 20, 2003 4:07 PM
If one were to purchase a carbon frame bicycle for long rides, with comfort (i.e., smooth ride) being the most important consideration, what choice would you make?
Get an old Alan/Vitus Carbonium (nm)Kerry
Mar 20, 2003 4:59 PM
Fondriest (nm)bikenj
Mar 20, 2003 5:00 PM
re: Most Comfortable Carbon Frame Bicycle?harry hall
Mar 20, 2003 5:09 PM
Don't limit yourself to carbon especially since TIRE CROSS SECTION makes more of a comfort difference than frame material! Look for a custom builder who can make a frame with 44cm chainstays and clearance for 700 x 28c rubber--this will probably be steel or titanium. You won't get a comfortable bike being a slave to racer-boy technological frauds.
Maybe, maybe not.Ian
Mar 20, 2003 5:58 PM
While I will agree that tire cross section is important, you can't discount frame material. Do you think that a Trek 1000 (basically straight gauge aluminum) with 700x28 tires will ride better than a Trek 5200 (OCLV) with 700x23 tires? I certainly doubt it.

Ian
Anything from Giants TCR range nm.Dutchy
Mar 20, 2003 5:25 PM
IMO......Calfee! nmdavet
Mar 20, 2003 5:37 PM
Davet...........zooog
Mar 21, 2003 2:30 AM
Do you have a Calfee. Seriously considering one of these bike. If possible let me know what you think of this bike. Their geometry seems to fit me best.
Look?irregardless
Mar 20, 2003 6:30 PM
My uneducated guess would be that Looks, with their slack seat tube angles, might be in the running.

Also, define how much comfort you want. Some, like my Kestrel, are comfortable to the point of lacking liveliness. Some call it the "dead wood" feel. Not necessarily a bad thing if that's what you're looking for.
Kestrel 200 EMS Framset NMCarbonfiberone
Mar 20, 2003 7:07 PM
Aegis Victorykenyee
Mar 20, 2003 7:11 PM
One of the salesguys at a local shop says it feels like a Cadillac :-)
lahar! *NM*Giant Joe
Mar 20, 2003 8:53 PM
Care to clarify?kenyee
Mar 21, 2003 6:47 AM
I haven't personally rode it, but it didn't sound that interesting to this guy.

ken