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Me and my friend have been having an argument over whether Carbon Fibre bikes are good or not. So, instead of wasting countless hours, we'll ask you guys to decide instead.

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apparently panda meat tastes excellent.

carbon fibre bikes are good, but rather heavy (its been a whille so i may have that backwards) you dont get that "weightless" feeling when you ride one. go for it if your'e in the city, but for the suburban and rural, i reccomend something else.

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It all comes down to what you plan on doing with your bikes, my brother rides freestyle BMX and is insane at it (earned something like 12 grand at the Beijing X games or something like that), as myself I'm more of a dirt/mountain rough and tough off road kinda stuff, which means that most of our bikes are aluminum/steel/titanium or an alloy of that kind, as its more durable, or so I'm lead to believe. As carbon fibre is used more so in road bikes as carbon fibre is low weight and still has resistance to fatiguing and can be made streamline, infact the last I think 4 tour de frances have been won on carbon. Thats not to say road bikes arent made out of aluminum or steel or even titanium (which is fast becoming more popular, its on drawbacks is the pricetag and the complexity of working with it)

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Carbon Fibre is very, very light and also very, very strong. It can take a shitload of stress before it even cracks, let alone breaks. The downside is, carbon fibre is very expensive too. You get what you pay for, but you will pay more than a normal bike of the same type. IE Mountain or Road bike. If you have the extra cash, I would suggest doing it as you won't be replacing it anytime soon and it would be a good investment.
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I reckon they can be as they're light which will make them faster and can be much stronger than you expect if you've never heard of carbon fibre and it's qualities. If you mean bikes as in mountain bikes then they're good, but if you mean bikes with motors on the back which annoy you when you're stuck in a traffic jam an they go down the motorway between you and the car next to you, then they're also good for one reason only... You're protected from the bullets, poles and baseball bats that will come flying at you when you drive past everybody in a traffic jam.
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You looking for Motor Bikes or Pedal Bikes?

Motor Bikes, Carbon Fibre all the way. Doesn't look as classy as the Aluminium/Chrome on some of the Daytona's and early 90's supers, but Carbon Fibre is easier to replace these days, and less expensive due to the availability of parts.

For a Pedal Bike, depends what you want. Casual use, go for Aluminium. Cheaper, and no real need for anything lighter, unless you're a slow, lazy, unfit fat fuck who needs Oxygen after just getting to the top of the stairs. If you're not, then Steel is your man. Downhill? I'd say Steel. More speed, but harder to control. Mountain Biking? Aluminium. Less stress in the legs on the long curving uphills. Road racing? No competition - Carbon Fibre.



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could be wrong but i think aluminiums lighter but it bends like crazy! makes me so angry, my bike never has straight handle bars for long on account of my slipping on a corner or something! lol

but as far as i know it doesn't get much better than carbon fiber. ever heard of the britten? pretty much all carbon fiber. light weight and tough as nuts

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Carbon fibre frames are generally slightly lighter than aluminium frames. But that is not the only reason it gets used a lot. I ride road bikes, and there Carbon fibre see's a lot of use, it can actually make for a far more comfortable ride, all but the cheapest of road bikes these days have carbon forks, the better models normally have carbon fibre seat posts as well, carbon fibre rear triangles are becoming popular, not for the sake of saving a few grammes but to make a more comfortable ride.

Carbon Fibre IS a great material for road bikes, its not just for racers looking at saving every gramme, its great for commuters and lesiure riders as well. It provides a lot of the comfort of a steel frame but with less weight than alu.

One of carbon fibres biggest draw backs is that when it goes it tends to go suddenly and completely it cracks rather than deforms, there are some quality issues with badly built carbon frames leading to early failures, but a decent quality carbon fibre frame is no less durable than a decent quality alu frame.
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Err...you guys were meant to say it wasn't good....


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