what would be the difference in 2 identical frames made out of steel and aluminium, i know the physical/mechanical properties of the 2 but what would the difference in ride be?
Steel vs Aluminium
steel would feel softer, aluminum has more of a whippy feel.
does that help?
Depends how you're defining "identical"
when you say 2 identical frames - i assume you mean identical in geometry?
given the geometries same. it would come down to tubing profiles and diameters.
i wouldn't like to say if there is a difference.
there's certainly an assumed difference. i'm more dubious.
Ali... harsher ride, with bumps less easily absorbed by frame, but more direct and much siffer ride. Also lighter for the same strength/stronger for same weight.
Steel, more compliant ride, with less trail shock transfered to the rider, feels softer and hence more flexy. Can be a nice lively feel from a good steel frame, or can be just flexy and twisty from a bad one.
steel you can repair, and ali just goes bang very quickly.
Depends on how the frames are built, a good well built steel frame will have a bit of a zing to it, a badly built frame with rubbish tubing can feel a bit solid and dead.
Aluminium can be really stiff and harsh but with teardrop rear stays and the like can soften it up a bit.
i personally prefer the kind of spring feel of a good steel frame.
i find my ally bikes are a bit dull to ride, i don't really notice the difference in ride, just the ride is alot harsher
I was getting at same geometry more than anything else.
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