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Old 05-19-15, 06:07 PM
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I'm planning to purchase a mountain bike.

I'm thinking about buying another mountain bike. I heard aluminum frame is very light, but does it break easy?
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Old 05-19-15, 06:10 PM
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You can make light bikes out of anything. Aluminum light bikes are generally cheaper than Steel, carbon, or titanium light bikes, however.

I've never been afraid of breaking aluminum frames, but never had any REALLY light ones.
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Depends on what kind of mountain biking you plan on doing. Is lighter weight required for the kind of riding you will be doing or are you just a trail/road kinda mountain biker?
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Old 05-19-15, 06:29 PM
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Okay, I'm not concern about weight. I'm kinda trail riding through the park or forest. For general leisure, I ride around the neighborhood on the street or side walk. I noticed the disc brake is more expensive than the rim brake. Is there any good advantage for disc brake?
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Old 05-19-15, 06:42 PM
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For your kind of riding, you can choose whatever you like. Aluminum frames are lighter, but if it's a cheap bike with an aluminum frame and heavy, crappy components, you are at the same weight or more as a steel bike with good components.

Aluminum frames do have a "stiffer" feel to them since they don't flex like a steel bike, and aluminum does not rust like steel (although aluminum does corrode). As far as breaking the aluminum frame goes, I doubt you will have any issues.

I do not see an advantage to disc brakes for your kind of riding. They seem to have more stopping power in my experience, but good rim brakes do the job for me.
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It is good to know. Thanks guys.
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Aluminum, carbon, or whatever kind of bike you have can break depending on what type of riding you are doing. Just because it is lighter, it doesn't mean that it will break easier. My aluminum bike cracked at the headset after 10 yrs of riding. I contacted the manufacturer and they sent me a replacement frame even though I was out of warranty. Rebuilt the new frame with my old components and a few upgrade and I have basically a new bike.
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I ordered an awesome mtb! Can't wait to pick it up and ride it. This one has linear-pull brakes or v-brakes. I read about that brake. Is it true v-brake has more stopping power just like disc brake? I'm afraid I might fall over if I pull the levers too hard.
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