anyone ever ridden steel?
Carbon Frame Longevity
gb1m - is that a Whyte as well?
nathaneddy - yup - I have a cotic soul - steel bike.
And I've realised that I've been riding with Carbon Forks on the road bike for the last 3 years. And I haven't died yet
yep it is Steve.
If I would buy another carbon bike I would go for a specialized or a giant because from what I've been told are well made and have a good warranty.
A mate of mine is on his 6th or 7th Sworks frame but all have been replaced within a week which is reassuring if nothing else. I waited 6 months for my 146 to be replaced which has left me with a bad taste .
"Carbon can be repaired far easier than alu"
You hear this a lot, but would anybody seriously do this and then ride it? I would even question whether welding up a steel or aluminium frame is a good idea. Depends on the damage I guess.
The strength of the carbon itself shouldn't be questioned, more the design and quality control of a particular frame. There's a big element of trust in the manufacturer!
I am definitely buying a carbon frame soon, but still deciding what to go for. For now I'll just keep on riding my steel hardtails!
I have ridden a Mojo SL for the past 3 years and just recently the frame failed. Not due to the numerous offs or rock strikes but by an aluminium insert within the carbon frame, which housed the front pivot bolt, unbonding from the frame. Replaced without a quibble as was the rear triangle that was also showing some wear at the pivot bolt.
For comparison, i rode a Marin for three years - cracked one frame and three swingarms before being told to sell it and get something stronger. I then rode a Heckler for two years before cracking the downtube nearly all the way round - luckily I found it before it failed completely.
I've no worries about the strength and longevity of carbon frames and their ability to soak up trail riding and its associated crashes
Petefromearth, yes I would. I've even made offers to people with cracked frames to buy it off them
As someone who repairs frames, would I buy a repaired frame. Not unless it's done by a reputable firm, beware the claims they make on websites a lot of its guff and I think I have seen one company darn sarf who do absolutely rock solid repairs, and others who you would be better off starting again
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