Join Date: May 2005
Location: Tempe, AZ
Bikes: '78 Fuji S.S., vintage Guerciotti, 2005 Trek 1500
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If you go CF, I'd go with some serious experiance in using CF. I went with Trek, figuring they've been making CF bikes for quite a while and the American Market is their target....they know that some big folks are going to be riding the larger frames. Check the beef factor at BB and headtube areas. Keep it out of the sun if it's not painted, I read UV affects CF, and not in a good way.
If you have any doubts, go with steel. I'm rather partial to old Italian frames, they are kinda springy, very fun to ride, and they seem to "get involved" in the whole experiance. My 5900 seems kinda dead, but it is a smooth ride. I pull it out for hillclimbs and really fast club rides.
Just my .02