From the Forums: Carbon or aluminum for your next mountain bike?

Which frame material do you prefer and why?

From the Forums
Carbon or aluminum, which do you prefer and why? Carbon or aluminum, which do you prefer and why? Photo by Ibis Cycles

Carbon or aluminum, which do you prefer and why? Photo by Ibis Cycles  

There are a lot of questions to ask yourself when shopping for a new mountain bike. Near the top of the list are questions such as “What wheelsize is right for me, how much suspension travel do I need, and what combination of frame angles will suit my riding style?” but beyond those, there’s the question of “What material should my next frame be made of?”

Strength, stiffness, and weight can be optimized in different parts of the frame, making carbon fiber an ideal material for frame construction.

Riders in our All-Mountain forums are debating the relative merits of carbon versus aluminum frames for their next mountain bike purchase. Some mountain bikers prefer the value of a metal frame along with the possibility that it could stand up to more abuse. Other riders point out that while carbon frames are generally more expensive, the argument that they can withstand more abuse is questionable at best.

Carbon frames may be advancing, but don't discount the levels of technology being invested into modern aluminum mountain bikes.

Carbon frames may be advancing, but don’t discount the levels of technology being invested into modern aluminum mountain bikes.

It’s easy to forget that while the technology behind carbon fiber frames (carbon sheets, resins, and molding technologies) have all advanced, aluminum fabrication technologies have also been refined. In recent years, there has been a resurgence in metal frame technology, with brands such as Pole pushing the envelope of what’s possible with fabrication and brands such as Ibis introducing an alloy version of their popular Ripmo, the Ripmo AF,  that is more affordable, not to mention longer and slacker, than it’s carbon fiber counterpart.

What do you think?

When it comes to choosing your next mountain bike, where do you stand in this debate? Click here to share your thoughts.

 


About the author: Mtbr

Mtbr.com is a site by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. We are the best online resource for information for mountain bikers of all abilities, ages and interests.



Comments:

  • Kevin Jarrett says:

    Help! Have been waiting to be approved to post on the forums. Username is kjarrett. Can you help or point me to someone who can? I’ve already PM’d the admins via the forum itself. Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*


THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.