Ti or Steel or Alu for AM hardtail, what is best?
Hello this follows on from thread below on what is the best material for a AM hardtail with forks over 120mm, personally my view is
Ti - light/ strongest/ quality (on some frames)/expensive
steel- strong /'got the zing' bends/cheap/ heavy
alu -stiff/stiff/back breaker................er not my taste at all.
So what do people think?
The best one is whichever has the sizing and geometry you need/want. A bling bling ride of some high zoot material would really suck if the sizing and geometry didn't suit.
It's all that, combined with what you are willing to pay for it.
Florence Nightingale's Stormtrooper
+1 the material with an AM hardtail matters less than the quality of that material (i.e-you want good steel, aluminum, ti tubing-not the cheap stuff) and quality of Manufacture. Frank's Sinister ridge-is aluminum but it rides as well (if not better) than any AM hard tail out there!
The Chameleon gets a lot of love and for good reason, too (also aluminum)-but, I like the steel Chromags as well (there are some great pictures floating around these forums of these bikes!) and the Cotic's, Dialled Bikes, etc by all accounts are great bikes.
My advice, get the right design (in terms of geometry and intended purpose), get the best build quality at your price point, and pick a good color.
ahh getting the right colour always helps I remember anodised purple