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Clydes: anyone riding a frame with carbon fiber seatstays?(5 posts)

Clydes: anyone riding a frame with carbon fiber seatstays?burdiman
Jun 27, 2003 1:18 PM
I am around 240 and considering a frame with carbon fiber seatstays. Will they hold up? Are they wimpy?
re: Clydes: anyone riding a frame with carbon fiber seatstays?rogue_CT1
Jun 27, 2003 6:50 PM
When I got my bike last year I weighed 237, I'm 210 now. My Colnago CT-1 has carbon seat and chain stays called "B-stay". The bike has always been very stiff even when I'm out of the saddle on climbs or sprints. The stays are also very compliant and comfortable over any surface even brick. I have over 5000 miles on it now without any problems.

You should base your choice upon the design and quality of the bike versus just the materials.
re: Clydes: anyone riding a frame with carbon fiber seatstays?The Walrus
Jun 27, 2003 7:17 PM
I'm about your size and I've been riding a Univega Carbolite for over ten years; this is a rebadged Giant Cadex (carbon tubes with aluminum lugs). Don't know how that would be substantially different from carbon stays with a titanium/aluminum/unobtainium main triangle, but for what it's worth, it's always ridden well for me.
Well, I've got one and it's held up just fine. OTOH,djg
Jun 28, 2003 10:01 AM
that's a particular model (Colnago CT1) and I wouldn't generalize from the feel, performance, and durability of my setup to every frame with carbon seatstays (CT1 has seat and chainstays in CF, FWIW). Also, although I'm not a lightweight I'm not close to 240 llbs. If you're wondering about a particular model, I'd ask the manufacturer about weight limits.
re: Clydes: anyone riding a frame with carbon fiber seatstays?BIGBOB
Jun 30, 2003 5:45 AM
Carbon stays feel to me just as stiff as alum. but also seem to have the ability to absorb the "buzz" that you can get from some irregular surfaces (tar & chip etc.). The feel seems to be somewhere in between steel and alum., maybe favoring the feel of alum. I'm the same weight as you at 240, riding a KHS Flite 2000 and can make most frames compliant. Will they hold up ? Yes. Are they wimpy ? Not in my mind.

YMMV Bob