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Anyone ride aluminium?

Old 07-23-18, 11:46 AM
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Both of my current rides are aluminum. I've tried out some carbon fiber bikes and was left unimpressed. I'm happy with my aluminum bikes for now.
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Old 07-24-18, 08:44 AM
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I'm really enjoying my new aluminum Trek Domane ALR 5 Disc. Carbon fork, hydraulic disc brakes and all Shimano 105 for a pretty reasonable price.
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Old 07-24-18, 09:25 AM
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I test rode a bunch of bikes before I bought my CAAD12. All of the others were carbon. The CAAD12 felt better than any of them. Even compared to a Cannondale Supersix EVO, which had identical geometry, I preferred the CAAD12's ride.
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Old 07-24-18, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post

Colnago World Cup CX and Masi Gran Criterium S. Both AL w/CF fork. The Masi also has CF chain and seat stays. AL is a great bang for the buck. Allows you to get better gruppo for the price of a CF frame bike.
"Gruppo" is a term that can only refer to Campagnolo groupsets.

I see that you ride Shimano like me. It is therefore a "Group-san".

If you ride SRAM, it is a "Bro-set".
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Old 07-24-18, 09:40 AM
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The CAAD12 is a really nice looking bike. Almost nice enough to make me think of trading in my CAAD9. Almost.

CAAD10 didn't hold a candle to the CAAD9. It looked crude by comparison.

I still prefer the flowing lines of the CAAD9 at the end of the day though. AND, I kind of hate Cannondale for BB30A, which I'm 100% convinced is a standard they invented to prevent end users from retrofitting their frames to the older, and superior, 68mm English-threaded bottom bracket. As if BB30 wasn't bad enough.

(I ride BB30 on my CAAD9. Took me a long time to get the issues ironed out, and the next time it peeps, a sleeve is getting glued in so I can put a Shimano HTII on and be done with it.)
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Old 07-24-18, 10:10 AM
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I still enjoy my Specialized Secteur. It doesn't get the miles the new bike does, but I still break it out pretty regularly.
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Old 07-24-18, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Banzai View Post
"Gruppo" is a term that can only refer to Campagnolo groupsets.

I see that you ride Shimano like me. It is therefore a "Group-san".

If you ride SRAM, it is a "Bro-set".
The SRAM Red is on my Guru Sidero. But,point taken. Can I get a waiver for "gruppo use" if I'm of Italian lineage?
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Old 07-24-18, 12:43 PM
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I have a high end climbing Evo with climbing wheels, and a <$2k CAAD 12 (105 groupset) with the almost same geometry and fit.
CAAD 12 is ~3-4 lbs heavier.

If you're very lean and already very fit, you will notice a significant difference at steep grades (>10%).
All my descent PRs were made with the CAAD 12.

For riders that are significantly overweight, the benefit of a lightweight carbon frame starts to diminish.
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Old 07-24-18, 01:48 PM
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I ride aluminum. Lighter than steel, stronger than carbon...the perfect blend of function and weight.
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Old 07-24-18, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by hsuehhwa View Post
I have a high end climbing Evo with climbing wheels, and a <$2k CAAD 12 (105 groupset) with the almost same geometry and fit.
CAAD 12 is ~3-4 lbs heavier.


If you're very lean and already very fit, you will notice a significant difference at steep grades (>10%).
All my descent PRs were made with the CAAD 12.

For riders that are significantly overweight, the benefit of a lightweight carbon frame starts to diminish.
Climbing: the advantage of lighter weight.
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Old 07-24-18, 02:21 PM
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If you ride in Houston you can ignore climbing.
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Old 07-24-18, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by memebag View Post
If you ride in Houston you can ignore climbing.
As it is in the entire state of Florida. Flat as a pancakes. No climbing required.
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Old 07-24-18, 03:25 PM
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Chicago too.

No I take that back....bridges over rivers there is a bit of a hill.
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Old 07-24-18, 03:31 PM
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Only aluminum bike I own is a cyclocross bike, a new Cannondale CAADX. But I've rented CAAD9, CAAD10, and CAAD12 road bikes over the years and always been very impressed with those.
If money was no object and my garage was infinitely large I'd have a Gaulzetti or Zanconatto aluminum road bike in the collection. But a CAAD12 would work in a pinch.
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Old 07-24-18, 03:51 PM
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The Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Cycling team does!
And so do I

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Old 07-24-18, 07:01 PM
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All I need, does everything. Had an EVO HM and rode this more. Sold the Hm...
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I have an aluminium Fuji, 10 speed, back up bike.
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Old 07-24-18, 09:12 PM
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Lovin' my Bowman Palace:R. No issues riding aluminum at all.

Quick, stiff where it needs to be, awesome handling, and not harsh in the least. Plus as a bonus, threaded BB and regularly get compliments on color scheme.

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Old 07-25-18, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by DirePenguin View Post
I'm really enjoying my new aluminum Trek Domane ALR 5 Disc. Carbon fork, hydraulic disc brakes and all Shimano 105 for a pretty reasonable price.
I am curious to hear how that bike rides? The elatomer coupler gizmo and aluminum seem odd combo?
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Old 07-26-18, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
I am curious to hear how that bike rides? The elatomer coupler gizmo and aluminum seem odd combo?
i don't have a lot of road bike experience (my Domane is the first one I've ridden for more than a few days), but it's a very comfortable ride, especially over rough terrain. At least as comfortable as the Trek hybrid it's replacing.
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Aluminum CX bike. Noticeably harsher ride vs carbon road bike,

but matters less w/ bigger tires etc., & like the overall utilitarian qualities.

Less harsh, 'tho, than my old Miyata race bike- that thing is bone-jarring. Steel is comfy, my ass.
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Old 07-26-18, 11:34 AM
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just say no to alum
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AlAn were CX competition bikes, the Pros Rode , anodized, Epoxy glued together, standard diameter tube
with thicker tube wall for strength ...

they were not stiff .. for cyclo cross, light and easy to shoulder and run up hills , carrying them was an advantage..

I liked the AlAn road bike better than the CX, because I was not racing ,
and the all aluminum fork was quite wildly vibrating when braking
in clean dry conditions.. with cantilever brakes..

but they were pretty..
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Aluminum CX bike. Noticeably harsher ride vs carbon road bike, but matters less w/ bigger tires etc., & like the overall utilitarian qualities.

Less harsh, 'tho, than my old Miyata race bike- that thing is bone-jarring. Steel is comfy, my ass.
"Harsher?" Or is you carbon bike more cushy?
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
"Harsher?" Or is you carbon bike more cushy?
The carbon bike is a 2007 Tarmac which cannot be called 'cushy'- steep angles & short wheelbase.
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