Old 09-28-18, 11:23 PM
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Assuming standard 32mm or wider touring tires, I say aluminum tubing. I like aluminum in general for hauling weight due to the more stable handling. Not adding as much weight as steel to the heavy load that you’re already carrying is a bonus too. Especially as a large rider and presumably naturally carrying more weight, I think the decrease in frame flex would be a benefit. It sucks putting down the power or descending a mountain and feeling your frame flex and get squirrelly. I’m not exactly sure who’s making them, though. I think maybe Koga, but not sure. They’re out there, though.
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