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Advice: Decathlon frames

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by handsome joe, 25 Feb 2008.

  1. handsome joe

    handsome joe New Member

    Does anyone have advice in regards to those lower-end (Cromo) Decathlon road bikes? Are the frames any good? My current alu frame is ok and fast but i tend to pogo around a bit too much........my bones not as rubbery as they once were. Oh, how i wish i was that age again.
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    their low edn stuff gets good reviews for the price but I can't see cheap stuff being too good for that, that is what you're paying for after all with a better bike
     
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Change the forks on the alu frame to carbon (if not already)
     
  4. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Shorts Adjustment Expert

    Location:
    Essex
    Can you recommend some? I've got a Specialized Allez with standard forks. Wish I had bought the upgraded Elite version with zertz inserts. Get the Specialized ones or another?

    Sorry, not meaning to hijack this thread.
     
  5. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Location:
    Zurich Switzerland
    Are your forks Al or Cromo already? Changing to carbon can actually make the ride stiffer and less compliant than steel but you'll likely get an improvement over Al.

    The whole point of composite materials is you can change the shape and composition to produce whatever characteristics you like. My carbon touring fork is a lot stiffer than the steel one on my Kaffenaback, which frankly borders on the wobbly.

    Better quality or bigger tyres also may help -> 25c is an easy change. And use sport tyres as the tougher commuter ones ride badly as they are less compliant, this is why many hybrids use 35c. You'll have to live with more frequent punctures though.
     
  6. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    which decathlon frames are cro-mo?
     
  7. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    seconded