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Please educate me on bike frame

Old 09-01-11, 12:04 PM
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Please educate me on bike frame

While I have never ridden on a top end frame I know that a better frame provides a better ride. So my question isL: what is involved (technical difficulties, labor, time etc.) in making a great frame such as S-Works? And for those who ride top end frame, can you describe how it is "better"?
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This is a very loaded question.

You need to have a lot of experience riding different frames to see what the difference in frames are.

A top end frame is gonna give a very "sublime" and balanced ride qualities. Noticed I put sublime in quotes, as what I consider sublime might not be your cup of tea.

But all things being equal, a great frame will always reveal itself, once you throw your legs over it. This is why I'll never take another person's opinion as the all-in-all when shopping for a frame. I'll always ride that frame one or two times b/4 pulling the trigger.

As for S-Works frame, no doubt the research, design, materials and labor cost are substantial. I am sure they are excellent frames, but just to show you, the Specialized aesthetics has never moved me. But that's just me.

Noticed I said aesthetics, as that has nothing to do with the technological and other such qualities of the frame.

Tracking well, compliancy, ascending and descending well, less fatiguing are all qualities I can think of right now as to the qualities of a great frame. There are many others.

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Old 09-01-11, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by hyhuu View Post
While I have never ridden on a top end frame I know that a better frame provides a better ride. So my question isL: what is involved (technical difficulties, labor, time etc.) in making a great frame such as S-Works? And for those who ride top end frame, can you describe how it is "better"?
Light, stiff, aero, comfy.

These things are at odds, getting them to play nicely together is tough. The more expensive the frame, sometimes, the better these qualities are realized.

Of course, when you get really expensive, sometimes you're just buying the wrong bike. Sometimes bikes built for pros just aren't appropriate.
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Not that it matters, but I have two Tarmacs, one for rain and other for dry. The dry bike is an S-Works version. Both are the same year and comparing the thickness of the carbon tube [at the seat post], the S-Works is about half as thick. Since there is less carbon and a frame that is at least the same [or more] strength, it must have something better. I have never weighed the frames, but I am certain the S-Works is lighter too [the overall bike is 6.8kg, compared to 9kg for the wet bike]. I am certain there are many things that make be believe the S-Works bike is the bike of choice but the frame is definitely a different build.
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Old 09-02-11, 08:21 AM
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I ride a C59 Italia - Just plane beautiful, simple as that.

A great frame will only be great when you have enough years experience to know exactly the geometry that suits you best. Get that right and you will have the ride of your life. The C59 can be built however you want, mine simply allows for a better fit than any other bike i have ever had - add that to the fact it is designed with no expense spared and the result puts a very big smile on my face
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