Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bike Frame Materials

When looking for a new bike, you might have questions about bike frames and what they're made out of. Here are some pro's and con's of different frame materials, from the newsletter archives, June 2008.

Pro's: Comfortable, absorbs shock; Durable and repairable; "Skinny Tubes" = classic looking; Can be almost as light as Titanium.

Con's: Heavier than Aluminum; Rusts if not maintained; "Skinny Tubes" = old school.

Pro's: Can be very lightweight; New Aluminum is more comfortable; Does not rust, resists corrosion; Stiff for good energy transfer.

Con's: Low end has harsher ride than steel; Not as repairable as steel.

Pro's: Very comfortable; Stiff for good energy transfer; Does not rust; "Cool Factor" and Aero.

Con's: Expensive, $1500 minimum

Pro's: Comfortable, similar to steel; Does not rust or corrode; Lightweight; Durable.

Con's: Usually more expensive, $2000+; Difficult to repair due to strength of material.

If you have any questions about frame materials, stop by Jack & Adam's and we'll be happy to answer them.

And if you're familiar with frame materials, what's your favorite?


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