I'm considering a carbon frame such as Cannondale Rush 3. How would you quantify or qualify the difference in ruggedness between carbon & alumimum? One dealer said carbon is for racers (implied only) because of its delicate nature. In the event of a crash how much WORSE (if at all) is the risk of carbon frame replacement vs. aluminum? How much does this matter to me considering I've not crashed in 2-1/2 seasons of enjoying the hobby & I don't race? Does any minor crash destroy a carbon frame?
Questions posted/recommended by moderator Clyde in quotes followed by my reply:
My favorite trail has fast steep long rutted rocky hills. After 2-1/2 seasons into the hobby only one minor incident at stop, R ankle bruise; nothing at speed. But...the longer I ride the faster & braver I get.What type of riding do you intend to do?
FS only; see riding conditions above.Do you have a preference over a hardtail or full suspension?
Born '54, that's 19, NOT 18! Making me a tender 54, 230 lbs, 6-3, in good shape. I like dowhill speed but w/ a healthy safety margin.Age, weight and height; in many instances very important for a variety of reasons.
Ebay &/or forums; an XL carbon won't turn up nearby. I may pay for a pre-purchase inspection at a shop local to the seller.What sources will you consider buying from?
I'm completely sold on 650B wheels. I will either retrofit 650Bs to a used Cannondale or get the coming '10 Jamis FS 650B due (hopefully, are you reading this Jamis?) soon.Do you want people to offer you alternative suggestions?
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