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CB as frame material(4 posts)

CB as frame materialAndor
Oct 18, 2003 3:18 PM
I am in the process of purchasing a new frame. All I have ridden in the past was steel. Can anyone help me out and post some pros and cons about Carbon fibre as a frame material compared to steel. Thanks.
re: CB as frame materialflyboy75503
Oct 18, 2003 3:26 PM
Carbon fiber is going to allow the frame to asorb a lot of the bumps that u would normally feel with your steel frame, while maintaining a stiff lateral frame stability. They make for a much smoother ride.
What kind of steel?Lone Gunman
Oct 19, 2003 2:09 PM
Ridden 853 yet? When I have had a layoff from riding and get back on the bike I am always amazed at how smooth and supple the 853 rides. Some converts from steel to CF say the ride feels dead, as if the ride eliminates road feel. Only thing to do is compare and see which you like best.
It's mostly frame design, not materialsKerry Irons
Oct 19, 2003 5:45 PM
CF frames will tend to have a bit deader feel for high frequency vibrations, but all other frame characteristics can be designed to be like other materials. I think the primary downside of CF is that it can be gouged by a dropped chain, etc. whereas steel and Ti are much tougher. Aluminum alloys are closer to steel and Ti, but still softer. Worry much more about the design goals (and therefore ride characteristics) of a particular design than of the material itself.