Having just stepped into the cycling circle, many people will have doubts, about what material frame we should choose. Generally speaking, the frame materials of bicycles are steel, aluminum, titanium, and carbon fiber. They each perform their duties and meet the needs of different groups of people.
Recently, a friend came to ask me, “If I want to buy a mountain bike, should I choose an aluminum alloy frame bicycle or a carbon fiber frame bicycle?” Next, I will analyze the characteristics of the frame of different materials, hoping to help him make a reasonable choice.
Conclusion first, a model that can meet the needs of riders is a good choice. Whether it is a carbon fiber model or an aluminum alloy model, it should be based on the actual needs of riders, by positioning their needs and comparing the advantages of different models, riders will definitely be able to Make the right choice.
Advantages of carbon fiber materials:
In the field of bicycles, carbon fiber frames, handlebars, and other main structural components have obvious advantages, such as lightweight, high strength, strong rigidity, and high plasticity. They are ideal materials for manufacturing advanced sports bicycle parts. Or high-intensity sport riding, where carbon fiber delivers exceptional performance.
The carbon fiber material can basically be made into any desired shape, and there is no trace of connection on the surface. In addition to creating a cooler bike, in terms of aerodynamics, the high plasticity of carbon fiber material also has the advantage.
Carbon fiber material has a very light weight and is an ideal lightweight material.
Carbon fiber bicycle parts are not as fragile as people’s traditional impression but have a very high rigidity – a high-quality carbon fiber frame, which is more rigid than an aluminum alloy frame. Therefore, if it is a bicycle frame, handlebar, and wheel set that is used on the field or in high-intensity sports riding, it will be made of carbon fiber composite materials.
Carbon fiber material not only has high rigidity but also has a good shock absorption effect while having high rigidity. Compared with aluminum alloy frame and high carbon steel frame, carbon fiber frame has better riding comfort.
Of course, not all riders like carbon fiber frames, and aluminum alloy frame bicycles also have some advantages of their own.
No matter what level of bicycle it is, the aluminum alloy will be used. The aluminum alloy frame also has its advantages. Although the weight and rigidity are not comparable to that of carbon fiber, it is also light enough and the price is more affordable. If it is not used in the stadium and participates in high-intensity competition riding, the aluminum alloy frame is also a good choice.
The aluminum alloy frame also makes it easy to carry racks and fenders for long-distance riding.
Seeing this, I believe that the friend who askedSuperteamer whether he should choose a carbon fiber frame bicycle or an aluminum alloy frame bicycle should have an answer in his heart. Objective needs, usage scenarios, and actual budget determine the choice of model. There is no best. Only the most suitable.
Choose the model that suits you and set off immediately.