Mulger bill wrote:warthog1 wrote:A big advantage of that carbon has over the other major frame materials is that it can be manufactured in such a wide variety of shapes and profiles. This allows larger profiles at tube junctions such as the head tube and bottom bracket area resulting in some serious rigidity improvements.
It is not without its faults though and is susceptible to impact damage, it therefore needs to be treated with care. I'm getting mine insured given my riding record
Ahem, can be done with metals as well... LINK
Thanks, interesting link. That must be how they get some of the eliptical tube profiles in aluminium?
You dont see the range of shapes in aluminium that you do in CF and I've yet to see any of the huge bottom bracket profiles that are becoming more common in CF.
Aluminium has been around for quite a while now and I assume that manufacturing process has too. Perhaps it has some limitations as far as what shape is achieveable with a reasonable thickness of material.