Thursday, January 31, 2008
Light stuff breaks...
Equipment choice will always be a factor in biking.... Yummy.
When I see a piece of AL break it always makes me think of the tabs on the old soda cans that were used to open it: if you moved the tab back and forth with your fingers at a certain point it would snap. Apply the same concept to AL bars...Thatis why I laugh when I hear people tell me that Al is stronger than Carbon bars. Carbon has amuch higher fatigue life than AL. Period. It is only when you gauge Carbon that it starts to have compromised intergity...but even then, it is much less an issue than AL.
All that being said, am I riding all carbon parts? No. Too pricey for one, and the AL options that are out there (Shimano cranks after wrecking a few FSA cranks may be the best option) are great.
Light. Cheap. Strong. Pick two....just not light and cheap.