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    Suggestions on frames; Ti or Carbon?

    Hello all! I am looking at building a nice, light hardtail, just for ridding easy dirt roads, not for trails or singletrack difficult courses. I have two bad back discs, I've been ridding FS since 2003, and presently am ridding a Maverick Durance loving my dual suspension; i.e. my back doesnt hurt!

    The two bikes I am looking at are: Motobecane Fly (Ti frame) and an Orbea Alma Team (carbon fiber). I'm needing a frame that has some "give" due to my bad back. Some other bikes I thought of were Ti soft tails but their prices are waaay more than I can afford.
    For me the cheapest is the Motobecane as they will be selling them for $1,000 with a Sid fork!! The Orbea frame only goes for $1,400, no fork. I have a Maverick SC32 single crown that I would probaly mount on the Motobecane or the Alma.
    I'd apreciate any input on this topic, please? Thanks so much for whatever experience or info out there!
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    For a bad back I honestly don't know if a hardtail by itself can curtail back pain. I would suggest a suspension post, they add only 200 grams or a fraction more.

    That said, I have Ti bikes and I would attest to their springy traits. I had a carbon fiber roadbike way back when they first came out. The CF bike was very quiet on pavement muffling out road irregularities but to me had a dead feel. Technology has marched on since then, I would think they have improved in ride quality now. If what you want is a little *give*, a material that is resilient or has this property is what you are looking for.

    Anyway, I like Ti's maintenance-free traits, springy ride and durability. Maybe somebody with a CF mountainbike can chime in.

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    double post.. sorry
    Last edited by older guy; 09-08-2009 at 03:21 PM.

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    I would go with the suspension seat post in additon to either a carbon or Ti frame. I have a carbon frame and I think if I had a bad back and was looking at really changing the ride I would go to a full suspension bike like the Anthem or Epic. If you want to spend a little less money on a carbon frame Price Point has been offering two different carbon frames for under $600. Thats probably the way I would go.

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    I would go for a ti 29er like a Lynskey; or a steel 29er for a cheaper budget; and that should help smooth things out for your back.

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    Curing back pain is a fit thing, not a frame material thing. Since the alma only comes in one size and you can't test ride the motobecane, i'd say neither one is a very good choice.
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