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Why so many aluminum fixies versus steel frame?

Old 02-11-12, 07:34 AM
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Why so many aluminum fixies versus steel frame?

It has always been my believe that aluminum offers the roughest ride and I'm curious why it appears that there are so many more aluminum fixies available? I will assume that it's simply because of a price point however I see that Wabi offers complete bikes at $895. that are classic steel lugged frames. My point being why would one choose something like a Leader and end up paying the same amount, what am I missing here?
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You may want to look around a little more. Yeah, there are a lot of aluminum frames but steel frames are everywhere and made by everyone - at every pricepoint.

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Old 02-11-12, 08:53 AM
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So Scrod why 69 pages devoted to Leader alone?
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Because Leader is a popular brand who also makes steel frames, which a lot of people here - myself included - currently ride.

Spend some more time looking around the forum. The majority of people posting in SSFG ride steel frames.
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My aluminium frame is butter. Dznuts feel good
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my fixie is steel

i wanna take the track class in sd and buy an ftp or something.
i keep telling myself that, maybe this summer finally.
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I love all the AL bikes Ive tried but after snapping the rear triangle off 2 Cannondales in 2 months 30 years ago I will never own anything but steel....yeah I know probably an over reaction but I never want to repeat that feeling
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my fixie is steel

i wanna take the track class in sd and buy an ftp or something.
i keep telling myself that, maybe this summer finally.
say fixie again! =>
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simple answer: aluminum fixies' have more often thicker toobs thus has the illusion of a more badass looking bike. just think TOC. (lol toc). you dont imagine pro's riding in thin little steel toobed bikes nowaday do you? you think FHAT, ALL SHAPES looking bikes that looks more aero than the air in your lungs.

TL;DR production lines, illusions of a better value, illusions of modernism, illusions of coolness, illusions of them having my bike.

TL;TL;DR hype.

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Originally Posted by pedalcr8z View Post
It has always been my believe that aluminum offers the roughest ride and I'm curious why it appears that there are so many more aluminum fixies available? I will assume that it's simply because of a price point however I see that Wabi offers complete bikes at $895. that are classic steel lugged frames. My point being why would one choose something like a Leader and end up paying the same amount, what am I missing here?
Thanks in advance!
If you're bummed about steel fixed gear availability, don't take up road bikes, you will cry.

Or even worse, MTBs.

BTW, I rode a Thruster around Walmart last night. Pretty rad except brakes I thought. Front brake needs replacing ASAP. Crankset seemed kinda iffy too but could always drop an old BMX setup in there.

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bust any sick skidz? Whens the edit come out?
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Originally Posted by muckymucky View Post
simple answer: aluminum fixies' have more often thicker toobs thus has the illusion of a more badass looking bike. just think TOC. (lol toc). you dont imagine pro's riding in thin little steel toobed bikes nowaday do you? you think FHAT, ALL SHAPES looking bikes that looks more aero than the air in your lungs.

TL;DR production lines, illusions of a better value, illusions of modernism, illusions of coolness, illusions of them having my bike.

TL;TL;DR hype.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
mucky - what happened to you?

LSD was my first guess.

I probably will never ride aluminum on the road around here just because the roads are that bad. Our track has been nicknamed old bumpy face, so I might even stick to steel for racing. To me, since I've never ridden anything but steel road bikes, aluminum is just a different frame material. The bikes look cool, but the look of classic steel trumps all, in my opinion.
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Aluminum's cheap and easy to weld. That's why cheap people prefer aluminum bikes: because they're cheap.
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mucky - what happened to you?
All the stupid n00b forum posts are getting to him.

Getting to me, also, I'm ashamed to say.
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All my rides are steel. Can't say that anything on my wishlist isn't steel either. Not sure how you'd conclude that there are more offerings of ALU than steel.


Thruster humor: I stopped by the LBS last night to check on the manager; he's a friend of mine and I haven't had the chance to go riding with him lately - there's a century next weekend and he's going to have to work in versus ride...all that aside. He was telling me that there are 2 people that just purchased said Thrusters in town here and the first thing they did was come in and ask him wheel recommendations because they tacoed them already (not associated with each other). Turned into a 30 minute conversation about silly WalMart and the dowfall of quality, blah blah.
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On a serious note, aluminum is preferred on the track. Since many track frames cross over into street use, this kinda explains why there are a lot of aluminum frames on the market. Not to say that there aren't a lot of steel frames also, just noting that if you're seeing a trend of more aluminum than steel, that could be it.
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Originally Posted by muckymucky View Post
say fixie again! =>
i say fixie on purpose


nice fixie bro
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^i think i'm in love
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^i think i'm in love
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