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Old 04-24-14, 10:42 AM   #1
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lighter frame on crmo hybrid ?

hi everyone! I've been riding a khs urban xpress for the past two years or so, and while it's a workhorse, I'm hoping to get a lighter frame. The xpress is surprisingly heavy, and I hate to admit the most physically exhausting part of my rides tends to be carrying it up three flights of stairs to my apartment at the end.
Most of my riding is pavement, the roads are okay, I do some light trail riding, but gravel is the most off pavement I do. I'm thinking of getting an aluminum road bike frame, keeping the rest of the components, including the fork, do you guys this the crmo fork + aluminum could handle the roads, or gravel? or should I find a carbon fork to offset the rigidness of the frame? thanks!
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Old 04-24-14, 11:02 AM   #2
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"in for a penny, not in for a pound" might as well go carbon. 3 flights sounds like a haul, i only do 1 but then i am looking at 70.
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A road frame is not going to like the longer fork from the hybrid. I would budget a proper road fork as well
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what do you mean by "not going to like" I'm down with a ride that isn't as easy as it would be with a carbon road fork, I'm less down with a cracked frame
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If you have the frame built with a more expensive heat treated steel the wall thickness can be reduced while still maintaining the required strength ..

now that technology and building skill to make a bike frame from it wont be cheap .

but a skilled hand builder can make a double butted steel frameset just for you to be quite light.

will it be cheap? no.. the heavier tube lends itself to a more automated lower cost manufacturing, so that is why it costs less to be what it is .
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what do you mean by "not going to like" I'm down with a ride that isn't as easy as it would be with a carbon road fork, I'm less down with a cracked frame
The longer fork will throw the geometry of the bike off. Your front end would be jacked up, your BB would be taller, and your headtube and seattube angles would be slacker. Mountain bikes can get away with some variance, road bikes much less so

Another advantage to a new fork is that you can match the braking system with the frame.
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Keep your bike and get a quick release for your front wheel. Lock your front wheel up somewhere outside and take your khs hybrid upstairs, minus the extra weight of the front wheel!
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