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Frame replacement recommendation please

29 Nov 2016 23:53

Greetings.

I just noticed a nice crack forming at the bottom bracket of my Specialized RoubaixPro (61cm equiv) carbon frame. The crack is appearing where the aluminum crack housing meets the carbon. I can't imagine it could be repaired, and honestly I'd be afraid to ride hard even if it could be. So, with that in mind, there are a million frames out there and I'm likely not familiar with 99% of them.

I'm 6' 5" and about 190. So I can put out some torque when climbing. I don't do anything too crazy by any stretch, but do like to climb some L.A. area hills/mountains once in a while.

Here's the rub; at the moment I can't spend close to what I'd like to spend. Someone recommended a Bianchi Infinito CV suggesting it was perfect for me & my style. But WAY out of my price range right now.

I might even consider aluminum, but have to admit I'm in love with the modern style of frames like the S-Works and their aggressive looks.

I also want to stay away from a used (even slightly) carbon frame as that scares me a bit.

I'd love to stay under $1,000, which I know eliminates the vast majority of frames that likely popped into your head. :-)

Any advice?

Thanks much!!

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30 Nov 2016 03:58

From my own limited shopping, I think you will be very hard pressed to find a carbon frame for under $1,000. Especially with decent components. Nashbar makes their own carbon bike which is pretty cheap (comparatively speaking.) My dad got a nashbar carbon frame complete with Ultegra components for $1400. It was a pretty good deal, but it's hard to find that now.

Here's one with 105 components for $1200.
http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10053_10052_572599_-1___204687

I know this is more than a $1000. Once in a while their prices get even cheaper. I just don't think you can get brand new any cheaper.

If anyone knows where you can, I'd love to know, because I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
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30 Nov 2016 05:34

Jspear wrote:From my own limited shopping, I think you will be very hard pressed to find a carbon frame for under $1,000. Especially with decent components. Nashbar makes their own carbon bike which is pretty cheap (comparatively speaking.) My dad got a nashbar carbon frame complete with Ultegra components for $1400. It was a pretty good deal, but it's hard to find that now.

Here's one with 105 components for $1200.
http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10053_10052_572599_-1___204687

I know this is more than a $1000. Once in a while their prices get even cheaper. I just don't think you can get brand new any cheaper.

If anyone knows where you can, I'd love to know, because I'd buy one in a heartbeat.


No, no, only looking for frame/fork. Everything else I have, components etc are top notch and I may in fact be OK w/ aluminum if I have to be. Thanks for the reply.
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30 Nov 2016 10:31

I can't really help with frame choices, but your weight shouldn't be an issue at all, neither is the torque you are putting through the cranks. I know guys who are shorter and around the same weight who ride carbon and can put big watts out so I really wouldn't worry about that.

With that in mind I'd be looking for a frame that suits the type of riding you want to do. Do you race? If so are we talking road racing, crits, TTs etc?
Do you ride longer distances or do you tend to stick to a max of around 100 miles?
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Re: Frame replacement recommendation please

30 Nov 2016 13:11

[quote="thxphotog"]Greetings.

I just noticed a nice crack forming at the bottom bracket of my Specialized RoubaixPro (61cm equiv) carbon frame. The crack is appearing where the aluminum crack housing meets the carbon. I can't imagine it could be repaired, and honestly I'd be afraid to ride hard even if it could be. So, with that in mind, there are a million frames out there and I'm likely not familiar with 99% of them.

I'm 6' 5" and about 190. So I can put out some torque when climbing. I don't do anything too crazy by any stretch, but do like to climb some L.A. area hills/mountains once in a while.

Here's the rub; at the moment I can't spend close to what I'd like to spend. Someone recommended a Bianchi Infinito CV suggesting it was perfect for me & my style. But WAY out of my price range right now.

I might even consider aluminum, but have to admit I'm in love with the modern style of frames like the S-Works and their aggressive looks.

I also want to stay away from a used (even slightly) carbon frame as that scares me a bit.

I'd love to stay under $1,000, which I know eliminates the vast majority of frames that likely popped into your head. :-)

Any advice?

Thanks much!!(QUOTE)

No warranty? BUT $1000 frame, new, carbon that you won't have any issue with might be a challenge.

Might look here. Asian made(as any frame you would be looking at, not a bad thing) but titanium. Sold a few, nice rigs.

http://www.habcycles.com
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30 Nov 2016 22:46

Found the Bianchi Impulso, which looks very promising.
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Re: Frame replacement recommendation please

04 Dec 2016 21:48

thxphotog wrote:Greetings.

I just noticed a nice crack forming at the bottom bracket of my Specialized RoubaixPro (61cm equiv) carbon frame. The crack is appearing where the aluminum crack housing meets the carbon.
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In aerospace carbon and aluminum in contact is generally prohibited because it leads to corrosion and cracking. Sounds like the design of your bike is faulty unless there was an intermediate protective later between the two materials.
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