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    Why only carbon front triangles?

    Apologies if this has been covered (I'm sure it has), I've done a search with little success.

    My question is why does Giant only offer the front triangle in carbon on their Advanced bikes? Is there an engineering reason? Is it to keep price down?

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    Have you seen the godawful abuse that chainstays take? I mean, downtubes generally take some spectacular abuse, but even that pales in comparison to the crap the chainstays are subject to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles View Post
    Have you seen the godawful abuse that chainstays take? I mean, downtubes generally take some spectacular abuse, but even that pales in comparison to the crap the chainstays are subject to...
    I was curious if that was at least part of the reason, but don't know enough about the whole issue so figured I'd ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goobernaculum View Post
    I was curious if that was at least part of the reason, but don't know enough about the whole issue so figured I'd ask.
    They used to do carbon rear triangles on Advanced bikes (my wife's Trance-X Advanced is fully carbon). I bet they got tired of replacing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goobernaculum View Post
    Apologies if this has been covered (I'm sure it has), I've done a search with little success.

    My question is why does Giant only offer the front triangle in carbon on their Advanced bikes? Is there an engineering reason? Is it to keep price down?

    Thanks!
    It's such a small area that making it out of carbon wouldnt' subtract any meaningful weight or make it any stiffer. That, and it would add a lot to the cost of the bike.
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    ^ this pretty much sums it up. Same reason you don't see a lot of carbon stems.

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    Why only carbon front triangles?

    Don't agree at all - pedaling power translated directly to rear triangle. Stiffer is better. I have Pivot Mach 429 carbon and because it comes with armor around chain stays the paint and hence underlying carbon are flawless. Ride 60 plus miles per week here in San Diego.

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    Whether or not you agree is irrelevant. My reason is straight from Giant.
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