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Originally Posted by Muffin Man
That's bs. My CAAD smooths out more road buzz than my Leader and KHS. My CAAD is alu, my leader is steel, my KHS is carbon. I swear Cannondale used fairy majik or something when they made the CAAD. They got it right.
design and tube engineering make more of a difference than material, i have always said... but carbon has a wealth of properties that can be easily engineered to different characteristics, where steel has a large range that are fairly difficult to engineer and aluminum has a very small range of characteristics (far smaller than either of the other two) that are possible while making a bike that is light and durable.
i wouldn't call cannondales durable. they're great but my carbon raleigh is far nicer to ride than my caad4 was, though the caad4 was much nicer than any other aluminum bike i've had.
really the question here is 'what is a track bike' and anyone who thinks the concept is more of a road bike is a ninny.
the concept may have been a little more of a mass start bike than a sprint or pursuit bike, but the super pista isn't a keirin bike either. each are better suited to track use than road use, and if you're looking for longevity or comfort you shouldn't be looking at a track bike at all, though you'll likely prefer a mass start track geometry to something super steep or long. focus more on geometry and tube design than material. whether something is worth 1500 to you or not is not something anyone else can answer. it's worth it to me but then again if i had that kind of money it wouldn't go into a track bike, it would go into my car or my computer or my furniture, because i've already spent several times that on bikes.
Last edited by cc700; 01-17-13 at 02:03 AM.