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How to know if a frame is good?

Old 09-03-04, 08:49 AM
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How to know if a frame is good?

Ok, I've been mtn biking for a while now and have been looking to get a road bike for fitness and training purposes. I know that I need to look at frame quality 1st and rotational mass 2nd, but I'm getting overwhelmed with the number of frame choices via the LBS or internet for my particular budget (+ $1200 for total bike). Steel, aluminum, carbon, or combos are all possibilities in that price range. One LBS was comparing a $1300 Trek vs. similar priced Lemond he sold and discussing the better frame on the Trek vs. the better component group on the Lemond. I've read that riders weight (I'm 175) may be a concern with carbon frames. Steel and Aluminum frame weights can vary widely in this price range as well. I'm not worried over ounces, but I've seen bikes in this price range vary between 17 and 23 lbs - a pretty big difference. So, how can one tell that the frame on a bike (for a particular price range) is top notch? What manufacturers are known for quality frames, or they all pretty similar?
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In my opinion all the reputable bike makers like Trek, Giant, Bianchi, Lemond, Cannonale, Specialized ect make good quality frames. And in your price range I don't think any of them will be bad anyway. Also 175 isn't too heavy for any frame material I know of. I think the best way to pick is to ride them. And not around the block ride the bike 20 miles. Buy the one that feels the best.
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Not only are they similar, some are made at the same factory. At 175, don't worry about your weight and a frame. Olde wives tales about frames are usually just stories.

Chances are the frame is the strongest element of even a cheap bike. Try steel, ally, magnesium, carbon and see what you like.
Look hard at the wheels. Cheap wheels suck.
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