I've read things here and there that suggest that frame material determines how smooth a ride is, in terms of the bike eating up bumps and whatnot.
I've recently built up a new bike, and have noticed that it eats up bumps nicely! Going over them is real smooth compared to my first bike. I'm wondering, though, why this is. The frame material obviously comes to mind, but I've also come to wonder if the rims are also a significant factor on this.
Also note that my first bike is multi-geared whereas the new ride is a single fixed.
Setup 1: Bianchi Volpe (cromoly), ACE-19 Alexrims.
Setup 2: Iro Angus (reynolds 631), Mavic CXP-22.
What do you guys think?
Is the leap from cromoly to reynolds really that great of a change? I've heard aluminum is horrible when it comes to bumps, but always thought cromoly was considered pretty decent stuff.
Is it the frame, the rims, both, or could it be something else?