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what are most of the frames made of(9 posts)

what are most of the frames made ofmoschika
Jul 23, 2001 7:27 AM
what are the bikes that many of the teams riding made of? are any of them using steel bikes? it looks like many might be either aluminum or carbon fiber.
thanks
last year al. was the #1 material; don't know about this yearOld Guy
Jul 23, 2001 11:05 AM
alum and carbonDog
Jul 24, 2001 5:45 AM
Last I read all the road race bikes were alum or carbon fiber -- typically each makers' high end bike.

What's the #1 bike frame (most used) in the pro peloton? Anyone know?

Doug
In the TdF...Lazy
Jul 24, 2001 6:38 AM
LOOK has four teams: CA, Kelme, CSC, and BigMat (if you can call BigMat "in the TdF").
Pinarello has three: Ibanesto.com, Telekom, Fassa Bortolo
Domo: Merckx
ONCE: Giant
Colnago: Mapei, Rabobank (Coast too).
FDJ: Gitane
Cofidis: MBK
Lampre: Fondriest
Festina: Specialized
USPS: Trek
Euskaltel: Orbea
Jean Delatour: Cyfac
Bonjour: TIME
AG2R: ??
Lotto: GT
In the TdF...Mike K
Jul 24, 2001 11:11 AM
I think AG2R uses Decathlon (at least that's what the bikes say).
Also, does anyone know if all the Colnagos used by Mapei and Rabobank are C-40's? I had read somewhere that some riders (teams) were issued CT1's - just wondering...
is steel considered too heavy?moschika
Jul 24, 2001 3:38 PM
is steel now relegated to the common rider? i haven't ridden any "high-end" bikes by anybody but it seems alum would be too harsh for the long miles they put in. especially since these guys aren't that big.
mythDog
Jul 25, 2001 5:15 AM
This "aluminum is too harsh" idea is simply a myth. I have a steel, two aluminum, and a carbon bike right now. Except for some fine nuances in feel over rough pavement, they all feel the same. Tires, geometry, saddle, etc., make far more of a difference than frame material.

For the same strength, aluminum or carbon is much lighter than steel. I think that's what it pretty much boils down to.

Doug
mythHansolo
Jul 25, 2001 7:42 AM
For the most part I'll agree with the statement that aluminum doesn't ride much harsher than steel, although back in the early 90's when I first tried a Cannondale it was the harshest riding frame I've ever tried...

As for material strength aluminum has what is known as no endurance limit, ie, it will progressively fail regardless of the magnitude of forces applied. Steel on the other hand has an endurance limit so that up to a certain load it won't fail. In real practice steel and aluminum have failed under a variety of conditions. My favorite material is titanium...lighter than steel, rustproof, high elongation (ie will stretch farther before breaking) and stronger than aluminum. Now if only it was less expensive. The best bang for the buck is still steel I think...there's a reason why springs are made of steel and not aluminum.
ok, but...Dog
Jul 25, 2001 3:37 PM
There is a reason that airplanes are made of aluminum, not steel. (touche?)

Here is a knowledgeable person's view on the subject: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-materials.html

Doug