I'm just writing to see what experienced riders think the real advantage Carbon has over Aluminum? I'm a newbie, and have been hearing different things about the advantages such as reduced road vibrations, decrease in weight etc. But is that a difference a non-competitor rider can realize? Is is something that has a place outside of racing where every tenth of a second counts?
I'm asking this to get to my next concern - Which is does this supposed advantage trump the fact that Carbon is brittle, and once there's a crash there could be major structural damage eventhough the "actual" physical damage may seem minor. I'm wondering all of this because the bikes with the carbon components are much more expensive than the bikes without, and was wondering if the hype was worth it?