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    A newbie question about different frame material

    As a fairly new cyclist 4- 5 years I have a question about frame material. Last year I bought a Giant Hyybrid with an aluminum frame. Have been riding with a club this season for the first time. While every one has CF frames I am able to keep up quite well. I also rebuilt my"vintage" 1980 Schwinn Super Le Tour, which has a lugged steel frame, and have been riding that quite a bit for the last few weeks. I can now feel the difference between these 2 materials.
    My question do CF and TI provide a significantly different ride/feel? Also is one material 'faster" than another?
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    A quick search of the various forums will provide you hours of entertaining reading, until you get bored with the repetition. Or just wait another hour and there'll be about three dozen posts here with the same info and same arguments and same religious camps checking in.

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    You tested the two bikes with exact same wheels and tires?

    The PSI in your tires has a great effect on how a bike feels.

    Try dropping the air pressure 5-10 lbs on your aluminum bike and see how it rides.
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    Actual frame material is possibly the least important part of the total package. The motor and it's condition is the most important.
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    Riding position makes more of a speed difference than frame material. Geometry makes more of a difference in handling ("responsive" vs. "stable", for example) than frame material.

    Go test ride, say, a Specialized Tarmac and Roubaix -- both CF, but pretty different ride feel. Or, if a shop has them, a Cannondale CAAD8 and an alloy Synapse -- both aluminum, but different.

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    In general, lighter and stiffer frames will be more reponsive. CF usually wins when it comes to being lighter in mass, and they are also quite stiff. That's why CF is primarily used in professional road bike racing.
    Last edited by SlimRider; 05-12-12 at 12:28 PM.

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