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Anyone ride aluminium?

Old 07-22-18, 03:17 PM
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Anyone ride aluminium?

looking to buy newbike this fall have wonderful but old 2008 Bianchi full carbon but looking at c-dale cad 12 full ultegra for like $2k
price of aluminun is crazy cheap
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I do. It's definitely a price-point material, but it can make a very good bike.
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The CAAD 12 has gotten excellent reviews.
A lot of the reviewers comments lined up on:
"as light as many cheap carbon frames, but better performing".

A definite for your test-ride shortlist.

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Aluminum hybrid here. When I was in the market they offered basically the same bike in carbon for twice the price. The carbon bike was lighter, but the aluminum bikes still come with the carbon forks. The extra cost is more workmanship since carbon bikes are mostly hand-made.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
looking to buy newbike this fall have wonderful but old 2008 Bianchi full carbon but looking at c-dale cad 12 full ultegra for like $2k
price of aluminun is crazy cheap

Aluminum is generally sold by big-names as a "budget" tier product....with, generally, brands using cheap al tubesets and generally less effort put in the final finish of the product. There are some nice al framesets/bikes out there by smaller makers that are more nicely finished....but you'll pay a premium for them

CAAD12 is a nice budget buy....only catch being you get stuck with that bizzarro BB30a crank.BB.
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I currently ride a 25 year old Trek 2000 bonded aluminum frame. It was somewhat cutting edge when it first came out and although limited by having only 7 gears, it is still an excellent bike. Although I owned 2 titanium Colnago's after this bike (a car took care of the first and I sold the second), I ended up owning only the Trek after I started a family, because I gave up cycling. Anyway, I'm riding again and aluminum bikes have come a long way in that time and Cannondale has been using it non stop, so their knowledge with the material is probably as good as anyone's. I honestly believe you will be getting as good and probably a better bike in that price range than if you go with carbon. Many bike testers tend to agree.
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Yes, I ride aluminum.
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Yes, I ride aluminum.
Dang dude, looking at your list of bikes makes me wonder how many millions a year you make?
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Aluminum is generally sold by big-names as a "budget" tier product....with, generally, brands using cheap al tubesets and generally less effort put in the final finish of the product. There are some nice al framesets/bikes out there by smaller makers that are more nicely finished....but you'll pay a premium for them

CAAD12 is a nice budget buy....only catch being you get stuck with that bizzarro BB30a crank.BB.
Cannondale (as I'm sure you know) was one of the pioneers of the aluminum bike frame which today, remains it bread and butter.
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Old 07-22-18, 05:50 PM
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I have a CAAD 10 and a Bowman Palace R. They both ride as well as my Colnago Extreme Power, Neilpryde Nazare and BMC SLR 01. Nothing rides quite as nicely as my Cippolini RB800. IMHO, modern, high quality aluminum frames are excellent, you only get a small weight penalty relative to high quality carbon and you can't beat the bang for the buck.
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I love my Made in USA CAAD9.
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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.
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Originally Posted by zatopek View Post
I have a CAAD 10 and a Bowman Palace R. They both ride as well as my Colnago Extreme Power, Neilpryde Nazare and BMC SLR 01. Nothing rides quite as nicely as my Cippolini RB800. IMHO, modern, high quality aluminum frames are excellent, you only get a small weight penalty relative to high quality carbon and you can't beat the bang for the buck.
dude you have some nice stuff
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I Do. Spec allez and upgraded the components. Great bike,
light enough for me easier on the bike budget by far. Would love a “super bike” but living in a storage locker keeps me deterred from getting one. Lol


my cx bike is a caadx also alum. A good bike as well.
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Dang dude, looking at your list of bikes makes me wonder how many millions a year you make?
I would be happy with just two of them...the De Rosa and the Wilier
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Cannondale (as I'm sure you know) was one of the pioneers of the aluminum bike frame which today, remains it bread and butter.
yes my 1st real bike in 1986 was cdale but riden titanium and carbon past 12 years. New stuff looks great cad 12 ultegra looks great for $2k.
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti View Post
Aluminum is generally sold by big-names as a "budget" tier product....with, generally, brands using cheap al tubesets and generally less effort put in the final finish of the product. There are some nice al framesets/bikes out there by smaller makers that are more nicely finished....but you'll pay a premium for them

CAAD12 is a nice budget buy....only catch being you get stuck with that bizzarro BB30a crank.BB.
I have a Giant TCR SLR which came standard with Sram Red 22. I wouldn't consider it a budget product. Nice tube set, groupset, well finished and a great riding bike.
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looking to buy newbike this fall have wonderful but old 2008 Bianchi full carbon but looking at c-dale cad 12 full ultegra for like $2k
price of aluminun is crazy cheap
I have been riding Cannondale since 1999. Best aluminum frame hands down. Test ride, fall in love, enjoy!
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I love my caad12
Just built a caad10 commuter also
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Yes, my everyday ride is a Caad10 & the only thing carbon on it is the bar (3T ergonova). As for BB30 I've never had an issue with it. And really like Hollowtech crank arms, they give a lot of ankle room for those of us who set up a little toed out.
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Both. The carbon is without doubt the better ride, but you can put a lot more luggage on the aluminium. Also have an aluminium road bike which is nice, but again the ride isn't so great.
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Aluminum is inferior to Ti and carbon. And steel is real.
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Aluminum is inferior to Ti and carbon. And steel is real.

sighs.........there is always the one buzz kill. Lol
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Aluminum is inferior to Ti and carbon. And steel is real.
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