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    Senior Member jgjulio's Avatar
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    StratusXP vs StratusXP AL

    I am new to the idea of bents. I have been testing several bents in different shops.
    So far the most comfortable and fun bent has been the StratusXP.
    I like the 26" wheels.

    My bike shop does not have the StratusXP Al to try.

    What do you guys think about aluminum in the Stratus. How would the ride be different.
    I notice on the cromoly XP that there is a a lot of "flex" going over bumps which feels like it smooths out the road, but I am used to a "harsher" ride from my aluminum bikes.

    Comments please....
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    I have always preferred steel frames to aluminum due to the shock absorption you get from the steel, To me the ride on an aluminum frame is harsh.

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    If you're ready for a bent, you probably want to get away from the body pains of a DF. I tested both aluminim and steel RANS bikes. I bought the steel. The aluminum gives a great ride on smooth pavement - light and responsive, so if you're going to be riding just on smooth surfaces, it's great. On less forgiving surfaces, the steel is nice and springy, while with the aluminum you feel every tiny bump.
    rsbeach

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    Senior Member gcottay's Avatar
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    You might want to pose this question over at Bentrider Online. The pool of experience is a bit deeper there.
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    Recumbent Tandem Captain Tackdriver56's Avatar
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    I have a 2000-ish RANS Screamer that cracked a welded aluminum part. I would stick with steel.

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    Senior Member jgjulio's Avatar
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    The LBS recommended the steel bike. They said they had two Rans AL bikes split at a weld point.
    Still looking and obsessing about my next bike.....
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    I just bought a XP-AL, and can say on medium-quality pavement, it's still comfortable at speed. You can definitely feel the rigidity. I am a 'retired' mountain biker, so I guess it doesn't seem like a big deal to me. They've recently increased the rated weight for the XP-AL, so I'm guessing that corresponds to some strengthening that happened due to previous problems. It certainly feels solid. I'm happy with the choice, ask me again in 5 years .

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    I rode both. Steel for me. The suspension effect was certainly noticable in the steel frame.
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