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 Post subject: Why carbon?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:45 pm 
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I made the mistake of walking into the specialized concept store and getting the whole sales thing on one of their carbon bikes.

However, a good carbon is around £1400 ish and going up.

A custom steel, from Bob Jackson etc, with similar finishing kit, is about the same price.

So, how come people still go for the carbon or alu jobs at that price, - is it all about the frame etc?


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 Post subject: Re: Why carbon?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:56 pm 
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samsbike wrote:
I made the mistake of walking into the specialized concept store


I was there too. Chatting to the mechanic. It's a very modern store. I wouldn't normally go there :oops:

Haven't a **** why they go for carbon? Sales talk?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:15 pm 
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It's just marketing BS. Just look how aluminium became the norm over steel throughout the 90's. Same thing will probably happen with carbon. Carbon frames/bikes are getting pretty cheap now. People will buy them because a few years ago only high end stuff was carbon.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:25 pm 
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there is that small matter of it being quite light


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Look at similar priced alu & steel bikes. They will have much higher spec compared to carbon framed bikes at the same price point. For £1,400 you are going to get a fairly average carbon frame with a lowly groupo.


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BobCatMax wrote:
there is that small matter of it being quite light


That's what they said about aluminium too!!! Lighter = better?


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I didn't say better.... :lol:

generally - newer tech = higher price


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JamesM wrote:

That's what they said about aluminium too!!! Lighter = better?


In the case off a Klein it is 8) For Trimble then carbon is best


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BobCatMax wrote:
I didn't say better.... :lol:

generally - newer tech = higher price


Yep which is why people believe it to be better. The reality is steel, aluminium, carbon and titanium all have different properties and no single one is better than any other. Its "horses for courses", personal preference etc.


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Hope you learnt from your mistake by not going into a Generalized Concept Store again :wink:


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