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Carbon or Aluminium frame
Carbon
63%
 63%  [ 12 ]
Aluminium
36%
 36%  [ 7 ]
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yetish5



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:02 pm    Post subject: New bike dilemma Reply with quote

Thinking of my next bike and I'm seriously being tempted by carbon, but given all the horror stories, I'm in two minds.

If it was your choice what would you go for and why

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aluminium

Don't like the thought of snapping an expensive frame

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I had the money to afford carbon then why not, I would be a little scared but as long as it's only used it for what it's designed for it would be covered by a warranty should it snap. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What horror stories?
Carbon can repaired after a crash, alloy if damaged usually can not.
Most bike company's have a crash replacement scheme, if you destroy it, you'll get a new frame very cheap. For example S-Works Stumpy carbon frame ave rrp £2K-£2.5K. Crash replacement £600. If its a default, it will be free.

Best to go out and ride the hell out of every brand, carbon and alloy, and find what you think is best for you. When you find the one or two you like, ask the shop if you can demo it for a weekend. Bikes aint cheap, and you want to be happy with what you bought.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rory wrote:
What horror stories?
Carbon can repaired after a crash, alloy if damaged usually can not.
Most bike company's have a crash replacement scheme, if you destroy it, you'll get a new frame .


Fears/ horror stories as above really
That's pretty much what my lbs said too
When I asked about test ride I got a flat no. Think I will email the distributor direct see what they say As there aren't many dealers near me for the brand I'm after

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yetish5 wrote:
Rory wrote:
What horror stories?
Carbon can repaired after a crash, alloy if damaged usually can not.
Most bike company's have a crash replacement scheme, if you destroy it, you'll get a new frame .


Fears/ horror stories as above really
That's pretty much what my lbs said too
When I asked about test ride I got a flat no. Think I will email the distributor direct see what they say As there aren't many dealers near me for the brand I'm after



Which brand are you thinking?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

steel is real
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

3 Carbon Road bikes and 1 Carbon Full Suss, ridden hard by 16.5 stone and never a problem or a care.

Carbon is a briliant material and I much prefer the ride it gives over my Aluminium or Titanium framed bikes.

Try it, you'll love it.

And for what it's worth, I've never heard first hand from anyone who has had a problem with a Carbon Frame.

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yetish5



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thinking either yeti or lapierre preference is for the yeti

Steel is real but do am I and I'm lazy I like lite

Gunner good point it's always a friend of a friend type thing

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yetish5 wrote:
Thinking either yeti or lapierre preference is for the yeti

Steel is real but do am I and I'm lazy I like lite

Gunner good point it's always a friend of a friend type thing


Phone and speak to Greg (owner) at Peddlers in Redcar. Brilliant shop, and just happens to sell both range of bikes your after. He will sort you out a demo.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool Cheers Rory will do
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