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Old 09-10-09, 07:18 AM
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Carbon frame question...

I've become addicted to my round trip 50 mile commute to work and school, while I find that doing it every day is a bit much (for now) I do it 3 days a week and ride my motorcycle the other two days...anyway, my question involves the carbon frame upgrade I'm considering (still keeping my present ride for backup) I currently wiegh 230 (I'm 6'1") and believe I'll be riding well into the 10fdeg digit temps this winter. Will a carbon frame take the abuse? I dont see myself weighing less than maybe 215 and thats still kind of heavy for a carbon frame in the cold no?
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Old 09-10-09, 07:48 AM
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That would really be a question to ask the manfacturer. They should have all the specs and structural limits on the frame. I don't see it being an issue, but internet advice is only worth what you paid for it.

With that said, I love my carbon frame. It's smooth riding, compliant where it needs to be and stiff as all get-out. It feels like every pedal stroke goes toward propelling the bike forward, yet glides over rough roads. Even so, I'm looking to add a steel frame to the stable for the commute, wet days and crits (which I hate). Not that I don't trust the carbon holding out, but that I don't trust sticky-fingers and aggressive motorists. My carbon is my baby, so it needs a whipping-boy.
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I'm 230lbs and ride a Tomasso carbon as my "go fast" road bike. I wouldn't use this bike for commuting, mostly as the absolute biggest tire it takes is a 23mm. That's a bit narrower then I like for commuting with my tourer/commuter having 28's, which I find more comfortable on NYC roads. The tourer also has a R rack which I need. The carbon will not easily take a rack. And forget about adding fenders - no clearance, period.

In truth, I like to have the carbon available, clean and running well for my fast road rides with the fellow weekend warriors.

That said, there are a lot of inexpensive carbon road bikes out there - Tomasso, Kestral, Kuota, Blue, Scattante, etc... that would be cost effective and durable - my Tomasso is built "strong" and I would have no qualms riding it daily on rough roads.

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Old 09-10-09, 08:47 AM
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You'd probably want to talk to the specific manufacturer, but I'd imagine that the wheels are the weak point on the bike, and the frame should not be an issue until you reach much higher weights than yours.
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