Old 09-29-18, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 1-track-mind View Post
...Is it fair to say that aluminum tubing is improving while steel tubing is going backwards ?
No, I don't think so. If anything, steel has reached a pinnacle and Aluminum is just catching up.

There is only so much one can do with the design requirements of handlng loads well plus being lively unloaded without radically rethinking materials or design because the two are working at cross purposes.

Materially, enter carbon fiber bikes or hybrids like steel/aluminum frames and CF forks. Design wise isomer and other flex stays, suspension systems and fatter road tires.

One could look at reducing the load requirement as much as possible and how it is carried and then go with the best road frame that could handle it. There are far better ways to carry moderate loads than the traditional panniers and hb bag system that centralize the load within the frame instead of at each end creating sway.

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