"The 33"-Road Bike Racing We set this forum up for our members to discuss their experiences in either pro or amateur racing, whether they are the big races, or even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

alum vs carbon

Reply

Old 03-12-06, 01:19 PM
  #1  
xrunr
Member
Thread Starter
 
xrunr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
alum vs carbon

I had posted an earlier thread on buying a road bike (newbie). Had choices narrowed down to Fuji Team (alum frame, carbon fork & seat stays,ultegra 30spd), and Felt F60 (same setup as Fuji Team), prices 12-1300. Friend suggested for a little more $ I should go for full carbon like Giant TCR 2c (ultegra 20spd). Want to do some centuries and probably some tri's. He said for the long rides, the full carbon is going to feel a lot better than alum., and not that I'll notice much yet, but lighter for races. Any opinions? LBS would have to order Giant TCR2c, so I can't test ride. Any other comparable carbon bikes? (LBS carries: Giant, Cannondale, Specialized, Fuji, Felt)
xrunr is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-06, 10:31 PM
  #2  
DannoXYZ 
Senior Member
 
DannoXYZ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Saratoga, CA
Posts: 11,739
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 101 Post(s)
Bah! I find tyre-pressure makes a bigger difference in ride-comfort than ANY comparison of frame-materials. Personally, I think the gruppo and wheels will contribute more to how you feel about the bike, as far as shifting-performance, comfort and speed. I say buy the bike that has the best gruppo and wheels that fit into your budget.
DannoXYZ is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-06, 07:58 AM
  #3  
merlinextraligh
pan y agua
 
merlinextraligh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Jacksonville
Posts: 30,329

Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 865 Post(s)
If you're looking at racing, you might want to skip the triple crankset. Heavier, and doesn't shift quite as well. And unless you're going to be riding some very steep stuff, you don't need a triple if your in racing shape.
merlinextraligh is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-06, 04:30 PM
  #4  
DocRay
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Originally Posted by DannoXYZ
Bah! I find tyre-pressure makes a bigger difference in ride-comfort than ANY comparison of frame-materials. Personally, I think the gruppo and wheels will contribute more to how you feel about the bike, as far as shifting-performance, comfort and speed. I say buy the bike that has the best gruppo and wheels that fit into your budget.
+1, get a good ally frame, spend the rest of your budget on good tubulars. Lots of pro road racers race 200km days on aluminum.
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-06, 06:18 AM
  #5  
velobella
MO State Cross Champ
 
velobella's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Kansas City, MO
Posts: 21

Bikes: Specialized Dolce

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
carbon can crack invisibly when you crash, meaning you can be riding a race after a crash and your fork can fail.... not good, seen it happen. My teammate did the same thing and broke both thumbs and a sholder.
velobella is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service