Bikes Frames! Which One is Best?

Best Bike Frame to Buy

Formigli Raquel Stock Carbon bicycle frame by KevinSaunders is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Formigli Raquel Stock Carbon bicycle frame” by KevinSaunders is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By: John Stevens, Journalist

Bikes have been around for many years.  Thanks to engineering and technology bikes are built today better than ever for comfort, aerodynamics, speed and more.

Much of it comes down to the build of the frame.  Does material matter? Yes, frames come in  aluminum, carbon fiber, titanium, and steel.  Which one is better?  That is tough to answer, but these facts might help.

Aluminum: It is the most common, very light (not has light as carbon fiber), affordable and has a good strength to weight ratio. It is also easier for the builders to work with.  Good for road or mountain biking. Because of stiffness it is not recommended for dirt  or long distance.

Carbon Fiber:  This material is the lightest weight of all the materials.  It absorbs road vibration which means you have a more comfortable ride.  However, they are prone to fracture quicker since it is not metal.  These frames are also very expensive.

Steel:  This used to be the most popular until carbon fiber and aluminum came around.  Steel is durable, easy to work with, and if it breaks can be welded back together unlike the other materials. It also provides a smooth ride.  One downside is that it gets rusty.

Titanium:  Similar to steel as far a durability and smooth riding.  It holds up better for rust and corrosion.  Great for long distance or mountain biking.  Easy to repair than Aluminum or Carbon Fiber.  It is made to have a long lasting bike.

If you are on the market to buy a bike,  the best be will be a Titanium frame.  It is a bit pricier than the other materials but you get what you pay for.  It will last longer, hold up the best and be a comfortable ride.