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Old 08-29-20, 07:00 PM
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I would think that modern carbon frames can be designed to be more comfortable than a steel bike. Trek is putting dampeners in some of their frames. It is a more versatile material.

Straight tube bikes are somewhat limited in shape and design plays a big role, and I would think titanium, that is not a steel, would be the next on comfort with all things being equal.

Next would be steel.

Aluminum would probably be the least comfortable, having a couple of Cannondales, and I put it at the back of the class. I’ve never ridden a Vitus 979, so I can’t rate how comfortable that flexible frame was to ride.

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