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Best Reliable Carbon Fiber Frame

Old 05-24-11, 11:33 PM
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Best Reliable Carbon Fiber Frame

Hello everyone,

Here's a twist on buying a carbon fiber frame.

I am in the market for a used carbon fiber where weight and reliability are both important. I love to climb, so naturally I am looking for a light frame. However, I am also looking for a frame that is strong and has a a good reputation of reliability. I have already read several horror stories where a carbon fiber frame cracks a top tube in it's first 100 miles on the road.

So... for those of you hammering out miles week after week, what decent climbing CF frame would you consider buying? Thanks in advance for your responses.

Mike
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Old 05-24-11, 11:46 PM
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Get over the horror stories. Carbon can take a ton of abuse. And no major manufacturer out there is making light carbon frames while sacrificing any reasonable level of reliability. What you should be asking yourself is what type of riding you are going to be doing and how much you are looking to spend.
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Old 05-25-11, 05:58 AM
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Look for a frame that fits you. Like he said, don't worry about horror stories. CF is no different than any other material.
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Old 05-25-11, 06:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Mahantablue View Post
I am in the market for a used carbon fiber [frame]... However, I am also looking for a frame that is strong and has a a good reputation of reliability.
No matter the reputation of a frame, when you buy used, the provenance will be a question mark. Also, **** happens. If you're looking for peace of mind, buy new.
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Same answer here. Calfee.

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Unless the frame is damaged by the previous owner, you have nothing to worry about.

That being said, the BMC Pro Machine has been regarded as the "safest" carbon frame
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Old 05-25-11, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve90068 View Post
Unless the frame is damaged by the previous owner, you have nothing to worry about.

That being said, the BMC Pro Machine has been regarded as the "safest" carbon frame
Serious question, is that just opinion/accumulated info or do you have some sort of table/article? I wouldn't mind reading something about this.
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Old 05-25-11, 07:27 AM
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Serious question, is that just opinion/accumulated info or do you have some sort of table/article? I wouldn't mind reading something about this.
Let me correct that, "BMC regards the pro machine as the safest carbon frame" haha. The carbon nanotubes in the resin increase the resistance to impacts. Also, there are a ton of them on the road and I've never heard of any cracking.

So yeah....not exactly the most scientific statement on my part
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Let me correct that, "BMC regards the pro machine as the safest carbon frame" haha.
Shocker! A manufacturer claims that their product is the best!

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Originally Posted by Steve90068 View Post
Let me correct that, "BMC regards the pro machine as the safest carbon frame" haha. The carbon nanotubes in the resin increase the resistance to impacts. Also, there are a ton of them on the road and I've never heard of any cracking.

So yeah....not exactly the most scientific statement on my part
No worries. Looking for a new carbon frame and it needs to be strong because I can be tough on them.
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I would think that if a carbon frame is used in a grueling staged race by professionals, it would be ok to use as far as being safe, light, and good for climbing. Just do some research from the 2010 year's teams in the Tour de France or the other Classics.

You will have a lot to choose from.
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Originally Posted by Steve90068 View Post
Let me correct that, "BMC regards the pro machine as the safest carbon frame" haha. The carbon nanotubes in the resin increase the resistance to impacts. Also, there are a ton of them on the road and I've never heard of any cracking.

So yeah....not exactly the most scientific statement on my part
hmm, Bianchi also uses carbon nanotubes in all their bikes and add a kevlar weave to the Infinitio, so it must be even more durable.
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Don't buy Orbea then.
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Thanks for all the great responses! (apologies for multiple post. I didn't know the first one went through)

Anyway, this all started because I have already come across a used ORBEA ORCA frame and fork and it does look to be in great shape (see photo). The owner is not a racer, is knowledgeable and is asking $600 for the frame and fork. I posted this thread because I was doing research on this frame.

That said, I surely need to look into Calfee frames. All of your comments have been helpful. I will hold off on buying a frame for now.

Thanks everyone!

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Could be a fake.
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