Seeking Opinions on Carbon vs. Steel

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Anonymous's picture

I'm planning to buy a new road bike and am considering either the Trek 5200 (carbon frame) or a Gunnar Sport or Gunnar Roadie (steel frame, I think it is a Reynolds steel alloy). The components (everything other than the frame and fork) would be identical so the comparison is only between the frames.

The Gunnar steel frame weighs about 3.8 pounds. Trek does not publish the weight of the frame.


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Paul (not verified)
Take a test ride

Take a test ride to feel the difference. There are plenty of shops w/ 5200's, and plenty with steel. The gunnar itself is more elusive.

Anonymous's picture
"Chainwheel" (not verified)
It's the fit, not the frame material

"Concentrate first on finding a frame that fits you properly. All ""54 cm"" frames are not the same. A frame's geometry is more important than what it's made of.

When you've narrowed the field, test ride the bikes you're considering. Take a _real_ test ride (not just around the lot) AFTER you've been fitted. Test riding the wrong size bike will tell you nothing. Make sure tire pressure is the same on each bike tested.

No one can tell you which bike is right for you (especially without knowing anything about you).


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anonymous (not verified)
You'll find most (if not all) of the answers...

"you're seeking in the active thread on this message board entitled ""Last night's sales pitch at the club meeting."" (39 responses and counting.) Everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about the pros and cons of different frame materials can be found there. Believe me...

Good luck!"

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Robert Gray (not verified)
Trek 5200

I think the Trek 5200 is a great bike value.
I have had one for 2 years and over 7,000 miles.
However, some do not like the feel of carbon.
You must try the bike to evaluate it.

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