Join Date: Jan 2009
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Don't worry about the aluminum frame. Yes, they can fail. But, usually as the result of work hardening related fatigue after consider use. Like Beanz, I've cracked a few aluminum frames. Mine tended to make it to around 20,000. Although, my 2001 Caad4 is still going with far more than that on it. However, concerns around how it was starting to feel where part of the motivation to pursuing a new frame for me.
As others have stated, wheels are more of a concern. After an initial few hundred km or miles, get them "properly tensioned", not just trued. I'm increasinly convinced that more and more shops don't know how to do this. But, properly tensioned they should last thousands of miles. I haven't touched the wheels I built for myself last year in nearly 10,000 km.
Birth Certificate, Passport, Marriage License Driver's License and Residency Permit all say I'm a Fred. I guess there's no denying it.