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Steel or Ali Frame

StormtrooperStormtrooper Posts: 420
edited March 2008 in MTB buying advice
Looking at getting myself a new bike either a Orange P7s, Rock lobster, Zaskar expert or a rockhopper comp cant make my mind up which to go for but the main thing i cant make my mind up with is the frames which is better steel or ali and what are the performance differances apart from weight?


  • well, as you know, steel is the heavier of the two and steels has some flex to it, therefor it isn't so hard on the knees over the rough stuff. I personally don't trust steel (xc frames that is) because i'm heavy, but they can be fantastic frames or builds. If i where you i'd get a go on a mates steel framed bike if you wish to compair the two directly.
    people said i was dumb, but i showed them...
  • dirtbiker100dirtbiker100 Posts: 1,997
    If I were heavy I'd much prefer to ride a steel frame, it bends rather than snaps so safer. it has a better feel to the ride.
    for racing xc - alu
    for having a laugh xc + more - steel
    thats how i think of it
  • Mik3yBMik3yB Posts: 7
    I have a Team TIG SL, Easton Alu.

    There's enough spring not to jarr your legs but at the same time it's stiff enough on singletracks to feel responsive. 'Tis nice.
  • jeffers696jeffers696 Posts: 328
    cant go wrong with rockhoppers, its just a quality bike that gets every job done. i love the frame, strong and light
    Specailized Enduro 08 - Beast
    OnOne 456
  • HixXHixX Posts: 90
    Hey Stormtrooper thats an unusual name, unless you are one of course. TK or KE?
    Oohhh me legs hurt !!
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