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    Fuji Carbon Frame vs. Caad10 Alumnium

    Hello great bike forum.

    New question of the day. So I was able to convince my buddy to buy a bike as well. Hopefully he'll be able to motivate me on those cold morning rides.

    I digress though, can someone share some light on what the better option is. Hes probably going to build a bike and has two frames in mind. Hes going to try to find a c4 or c7 carbon fuji frame or a caad10 aluminum frame.

    Caad seems to have a pretty good following on the forum and fuji, more or less, has a split opinion. Some slam it for being low quality, etc etc.

    My question is to you, in comparing just frames, if both prices were equal (lets say 500-600) is buying the fuji carbon frame a better value than going with the caad10 alu frame as a starting point?

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    I think it really comes down to what you want in ride characteristics. Aluminum is durable, strong, stiff, and can be hard on the body. Carbon is more forgiving, can be fragile in certain circumstances when handled, but is also very durable. There is nothing wrong with Fuji's carbon. I have 4 Fujis with carbon ranging from C-15, D-6, C-10, and C-7. The name sake of the carbon really comes down to the weight and layup (How stiff it is and how light it is). There is not necessarily any structural integrity difference. I also have an aluminum and a Ti bike which are also great. So once again it comes down to what he wants out of it.
    Oh the usual...some carbon fiber, some deep wheels, some electronic shifting, and not enough money.

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    Imagine going to the library, or to a class at your university, perhaps to a Pizzeria, or somewhere. There's a bicycle rack there, filled with all kinds of beater bikes, and there's just one space left for your bike.

    Which bike would you prefer to lock up there?

    Have A Nice Day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 06SpiceRed View Post
    I think it really comes down to what you want in ride characteristics. Aluminum is durable, strong, stiff, and can be hard on the body. Carbon is more forgiving, can be fragile in certain circumstances when handled, but is also very durable. ...
    can't agree. i've found my carbon frame, built last year, is less forgiving than my aluminum frames that i have built up this year...

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    I don't think hes more so concerned with the name, not whether the frame will say cannondale or fuji.

    Hes more interested in the best value you get for your money (fuji carbon vs caad10 aluminum).

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    Quote Originally Posted by isuckatbiking View Post
    I don't think hes more so concerned with the name, not whether the frame will say cannondale or fuji.

    Hes more interested in the best value you get for your money (fuji carbon vs caad10 aluminum).

    I may be able to add some insight (my personal thoughts) as I was in the same position about 3 months ago.

    I'd probably say the better bet is to pick up the Caad10 frame. Just as light as most Carbon frames and you don't have to worry about it getting dinged.

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