The price on that alum BMC is ridiculous. The whole point of buying Alum is that they are cheaper, but almost as good.
The e5 smartweld is a sick frame....awesome race bike. i'd post mine again, but i only bust it out on special occasions....this thread is not it.
Well I went into a shop today and tried out the frame with a lower end spec on it. The back end felt pretty nice and plush but the front was pretty rough. I went ahead and ordered in the higher spec version to try as it comes with carbon bars to see if with that it turns into a nicer ride.
Standing up and sprinting wise it sure didn't have the feeling of instant power transfer that one of the bianchis I tried had but it definitely felt much more stable, and maybe the higher spec with lighter wheels etc will feel a bit snappier.
Aluminum really is a wonder material because it's so light, formable and cheap. It just took the very technologically slow moving bike industry an extra 50 years to figure out how to use it for structures, and they're still at it. A lot of aluminum made it into planes, missiles, and outer space during that time.
Actually, carbon bikes these days are probably more durable than aluminum ones.
Manufacturers have been making the aluminum thinner and thinner to reduce weight. As a result, it's pretty easy to dent an aluminum frame. Aluminum does not like being dented and after awhile will crack. And aluminum cannot be repaired. That said, one can still ride a dented aluminum frame until a crack forms, and the frame is unlikely to fail catastrophically.
I know this from experience, having dented my old S-Works E5 aluminum frame in a crash. It took about six weeks of racing for a crack to form. The frame is now wall art in my office.
I've also cracked a carbon frame in a crash. I could have had it repaired, but I got a replacement under warranty instead.
Hanging around the mtbr forums, I've read about Trek's Alpha Platinum? al mtbr frames and how some have mentioned how good they are compared to carbon. I think the new mtb frame material/design has come across from these al road bike frames. Might be worth checking out.
Last edited by juanebici; 05-06-14 at 12:24 AM.
I am verrrry pleased with my new CAAD 8. The power efficiency is terrific so much that I wonder how I can resist a CAAD 10 later on.
Longer rides are ok. I'm good for about four hours before I start to feel every ripple. That's about my limit anyway (endurance wise). Shouldn't be a problem at the stp.