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Prices of derosa aluminum. What am I missing?(4 posts)

Prices of derosa aluminum. What am I missing?cyclinseth
Jun 20, 2003 8:35 AM
I was just checking out some prices online and found that a couple of the derosas, namely the Dual (aluminum/carbon rear) and the merak (all aluminum) were priced at the same level as the Colnago c-40hp and the CTi respectively. My custom ti frame didn't even cost as much as the dual.
What am I missing. I thought that aluminum was one of the least expensive (and least desireable for that matter ... please, that was not inteded as a flame) materials to turn into a bicycle frame.
re: Prices of derosa aluminum. What am I missing?ClydeTri
Jun 20, 2003 8:58 AM
Define least desirable....aluminum usually makes for a stiff ride, which is both a positive and a negative. It is comparatively cheaper, which is a positive. It also has a shorter fatigue life and is much harder to repair, a negative. ALuminum is a good choice for many people in certain price ranges/applications.
Jun 20, 2003 10:12 AM
You're throwing a match in a powder keg when you start talking frame materials. Suffice it to say more goes into a frame than the choice and cost of the material. How the metal is shaped and manipulated is what distinguishes a great frame from a budget one. Though I have no experience with them, De Rosa has a sterling rep. And I'm sure Colnago has some very high priced aluminum frames, too. A lot of folks wouldn't trade their alu. frames for anything - meanwhile, I can't wait to get a new frame.
Interesting DeRosa factoid...crestlinefarm
Jun 20, 2003 11:49 AM
I read in a DeRosa ad that their Aluminum tubes are extruded at different thicknesses along the length, depending on the forces exerted on them.
Really though, doesn't it come down to personal choice?