Alloy v carbon difference

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Trigger369, 9 Mar 2019.

  1. Trigger369

    Trigger369 Senior Member

    For those of you that have alloy bikes and then changed to carbon bikes . What did differences did you notice straight away . As in ride feel and things .
    Just asking as I'm going for a carbon bike next . Many thanks
     
  2. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    So much depends on tube profiles, set up , geometry etc
    You can have hard and soft frames in both
     
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  3. Drago

    Drago Guru

    It's such a subjective questions it's not even worth asking.
     
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  4. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    For me i went from alloy to carbon in the same brandand yes the carbon was lighter and a bit more comfy but i always knew the alloy bike was a stiff bruiser.Nowdays with so much built in things like the trek domane and spesh roubaix the lines are so blurred .
     
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  5. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    What alloy bike...what carbon bike?
    What do you think when you ride them?
     
  6. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
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  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

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  8. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    OP is in Northern Ireland however
     
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  9. OP
    OP
    Trigger369

    Trigger369 Senior Member

    I suppose ile have to just ride a carbon to find out then .
     
  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    There's a guy on the Cyclist track day video who flew over from Dublin. If you take bike choice seriously enough it's a valuable and enjoyable day out riding top of the range bikes. I bought my hooligan bike after being blown away by it at the first track day.
     
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  11. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Of course, you're not going to buy without doing so surely...did you say that CRC are closeby?
     
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  12. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    I don't think the OP is looking at 'top of the range', was looking a thing Ribble from another thread...£1500 budget IIRC

    It's far better to ride bikes you are actually interested in / able to buy imo. It's a bit like tyre kicking a super car when you're looking for a family hatch
     
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  13. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    Location:
    South Wales
    There's a massive difference in alloy frames. My alloy Felt is much more forgiving than previous alloy bikes I have owned.

    No reason not to have a carbon frame but I think the tyres have more affect on the ride than the frame material
     
  14. Yellow Saddle

    Yellow Saddle Veteran

    Location:
    Loch side.
    The joys of pressfit BBs on carbon bikes is something to behold.
     
  15. Mo1959

    Mo1959 Guru

    Must be a lot to do with the construction. A Forme I used to own felt decidedly harsh but a Cube Peloton in the same price range rides much nicer. I think my carbon bikes are smoother again, but maybe just trying to justify spending more pennies! :laugh:
     
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