Old 10-11-18, 10:14 AM
Wilfred Laurier
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I (6'5", 230lbs) finished a fully-loaded tour this summer on my no-name aluminum touring frame with aluminum fork. My chum (6'4" 260 lbs) was riding a new brand name steel tourer. We tried eachothers bikes and he claimed to prefer my bike as he felt his was too flexy. My bike was also noticeable lighter when unloaded (my friend packed the kitchen sink as a place to keep the bathroom and laundry room sink he also packed, so loaded comparison is not valid).

In my experience, aluminum is a better material for heavy riders. Steel may be easier to repair, but aluminum, in my experience, is less likely to need repair.

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