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Old 09-17-11, 12:52 AM
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clyde needs advise Titanium Road Bike vs Cabon

I am in the market for a new road bike. I am looking at carbon and titanium frames. I am the only Clyde in my group of ridding friends. So on this topic they cannot relate. I am 65 255lbs. I ride 100 to 160 miles a week. Mostly hills and some flats. I currently ride a Fuji Roubaix aluminum frame carbon stay rear and carbon fork. I test rode a Scattante carbon CFR Comp the ride was great. My concern is the bike felt flexible on the flats. What will it feel like climbing 2500ft gain? I do not have access to a titanium bike to test ride. The only one I found that could fit my size and was also in my budget was bikes direct century TI 61cm. I have heard from many riders who are in the 160,190lbs range. But I want the advice of rider who have the hurdles as I do. I am afraid of breaking a carbon frame and would rather spend a little more because my life depends on it. Any feedback on would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance for any advise.
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Old 09-17-11, 06:23 AM
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Nice dilemma to have.

Simply riding a CF frame will not break it. Crashing, getting hit by car, not taking care of the frame, etc... those you'll have to worry about. Of course, this also applies to any other frame out there.

But, ANY frame can be flexy, CF or titanium. Scattante's are cheap. Cheap is usually more flexy because the manufacturer didn't use the highest quality carbon, or didn't use more sophisticated layup procedures, or didn't add more carbon where it counts to offset flex, or doesn't do any R&D into what makes a stiff but comfortable frame, etc... Cheap.

You're going to have to do some research on reviews, preferably by good reviewers rather than us amateurs. And you'll have to review individual models, not just frame material. In the end, you might have to avoid generic, bargain basement brands.
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i just bought a Bikes direct carbon bike and i'm 6'3"240lbs and muscular. It doesn't feel flexy at all to me. Check out the Immortal Fire, $1900 full force group and ksyrium elite wheels. It's an awesome bike.
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I snagged a FELT Z5 for $1799 - full carbon, 105 gruppo - AMAZING bike!
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Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
Scattante's are cheap. Cheap is usually more flexy because the manufacturer didn't use the highest quality carbon, or didn't use more sophisticated layup procedures, or didn't add more carbon where it counts to offset flex, or doesn't do any R&D into what makes a stiff but comfortable frame, etc... Cheap.
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I don't have a Scattante, but unless you have specific knowledge on what the chinese factory where these are made are using for the criteria you listed, you ought not speculate. They could be building the best frames out there....who knows.
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Old 09-17-11, 08:54 AM
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I don't have a Scattante, but unless you have specific knowledge on what the chinese factory where these are made are using for the criteria you listed, you ought not speculate. They could be building the best frames out there....who knows.
The fact that the OP thought the Scattante felt flexy is a pretty good indication that it isn't the best frame out there. I feel no flex from my Cervelo RS, nor any other of the big-name carbon frames I've ridden (Specialized, Giant, Felt, Trek, etc)...
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I'll just throw out there that Ti is NOT the stiffest material available and will definitely flex when you get on the pedals. I like mine anyway, but not because it's the stiffest frame available.
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