Poll: Plastic Fantastic Or Woven Woe?

January 17, 2017

Compared to roadies, mountain bikers generally seem pretty comfortable with change and innovation. We are progressive types after all right? To be fair, our sport is a lot newer than the crusty old world of road cycling, where history and tradition create all kinds of unwritten rules around what you’re supposed to wear, ride and adorn your bike with. Because you wouldn’t want to experience the wrath of the roadie elite for turning up to a bunch ride with … *gasp* … disc brakes, and ruining everyone’s day would you?

For those of us rocking knobbly tyres however, new technologies are seen as new ways to improve our experiences or capabilities, rather than as a threat to tradition and integrity. There are exceptions however, and carbon fibre bikes are one of those things that seem as divisive as Marmite or U2.

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Carbon fibre affords some pretty incredible engineering possibilities, and it can be used to build lighter and stiffer mountain bikes.

Whether it be based on myth, legend, fake news or fact, carbon frames are something that some people just can’t quite get their heads round. Others have no problems with their heads, and the only thing stopping them swinging a leg over a plastic pushbike is their bank balance, or the fact that they have a perfectly good metal machine sitting in their shed and n+1 is not an option.

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Carbon fibre is everywhere in 2017. But are you into it?

Six years ago, we asked you whether you’d be riding a carbon fibre bike in five years’ time…

Do you reckon that you'll be riding a carbon mountain bike in five years?

  • I don't think I will be (22%, 104 Votes)
  • Possibly but only if they become cheaper (21%, 99 Votes)
  • Yes. It looks like it's going that way (19%, 90 Votes)
  • I already am, so yes! (18%, 87 Votes)
  • It's too hard to predict (11%, 52 Votes)
  • No way José! You'll never get me on the plastic (10%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 478

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A lot has happened since then. The Tiangong-1 Space Station launched by China in 2011 is due to crash back to earth in the year ahead. The Juno space probe made its trip to Jupiter, where it is now orbiting. The Higgs Boson particle has been found. Gravitational waves have been discovered. However, some things stay the same – Chipps’ desk is still a mess, although there’s every chance that fossils, coal, or even diamonds are now being formed in the bottom layer of detritus.

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Chipps’ desk.

Let’s see how the future turned out. Get your votes in.

Do you own a carbon mountain bike?

  • Yes. The future is now. (34%, 260 Votes)
  • No, but I would if I could afford it. (34%, 256 Votes)
  • No way José! You'll never get me on the plastic. (21%, 156 Votes)
  • I had one, but I'm back on the metal. (9%, 68 Votes)
  • Yes. But I won't again. (2%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 754

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Update: You can also vote via the following Facebook Poll!

Are we living in the future? Or is it still around the corner? And what will the next new frame construction that we’ll all have to learn to trust?

Is this the future?
Is this the future?

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