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Which is your favourite bike material?
Carbon 6%  6%  [ 5 ]
Alloy 14%  14%  [ 12 ]
Steel 55%  55%  [ 48 ]
Ti 25%  25%  [ 22 ]
Total votes : 87
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:20 pm 
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dbmtb wrote:
Same goes with other materials- it's not so much about the materials as what the builder has done with them, and what components have been fitted afterwards.


yeah thats very true
you could vote steel yet some bso's are steel :?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:15 am 
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I voted steel, because i don't really think weight is all that big of an issue...not if its done right.


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cyfa2809 wrote:
yeah thats very true
you could vote steel yet some bso's are steel :?


My Lemond Zurich and Raleigh Summit weren't BSOs :twisted:


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I principally like to power up climbs and thus prefer not to lose any rear wheel power in frame flex so I like aluminium alloy. Strangely the stiffer and harsher riding the better but only ride with a suspension fork. Couldn't ride aluminium with a rigid fork, least ways not anymore. I do like steel with a rigid bike because of comfort and low tech. At present I've not had the cash to go Carbon or Ti but recent mass produced carbon bikes could change this :D


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my scandium framed ss is lovely to ride. it has carbon seat stays too for a bit of plushnes.

i personally think in the right application all of the choices make my favourite frame material.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:53 pm 
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Steel always; it has something diferent like another materials; really magic.


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steel.


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I like the instant acceleration you get from a stiff alloy frame, but overall I prefer the benefits of steel. Yes they may be 600g heavier than a mid-range alloy frame but much more nicer and livelier to ride, especially if your in the saddle for a long time.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:46 pm 
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Titanium for me although only two of my bikes are Ti.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:51 pm 
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If I have a new bike built I think it would be titanium. Most of the ride characteristics of fine steel but no rust.


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