A CASE FOR TRADITIONAL NON-CARBON ROAD BIKE FRAMES (Before you read this post you need to read the preceding post)
Can a bicycle comment on a post?
I don’t know if it is me or you, but one of us must be crazy. Let me remind you that I have two wheels and I am always ready to go for a ride. I felt betrayed. You are the only rider that I’ve ever known and you can’t imagine how hurt I was when I read what you said about the future of carbon fiber bikes. It just goes to prove that humans are fickle. You put carbon fiber on a pedestal. It is enough to make me sick except bicycles can’t get sick.
I am Corsa, a Marinoni road bike and I have feeling too. I speak not only for myself but for all steel, aluminum and titanium road bikes. You can’t lump all non-carbon bikes into one category. Steel is different from aluminum which is different from titanium. You also have to take into consideration all the different alloys that have been developed over the years. And you can’t forget frame builders who put together chromoly, aluminum and titanium alloys in innovative and creative ways to construct light, responsive and comfortable frames.
I am constructed from Columbus Brain cromoly tubing and I was built by an Italian racer/artisan. My Shimano 600 eight speed group (now known as Ultegra), although discontinued was just one step down from Dura-Ace and is nothing to snivel over. In fact you have said yourself that I shift a lot smoother, with more definite indentations, and with less effort than the new bike’s SRAM Apex shifters.
You never complain when I soak up hard hits. I also do a pretty good job minimizing road irregularities. My racing bred geometry offers a quick, responsive feel. I dodge all the obstacles that your poor line selection throws my way. My chain stays, bottom bracket, head stay and fork are all rock solid. Even a strong sprinter like Mark Cavendish stomping on my pedals would be unable to detect any play. As for you… You have got to be kidding.
My thin double butted tubes are elegantly lugged and welded together with traditional Italian flair. My racing geometry was designed by an Italian/Canadian with a reputation for building quality Italian racing bicycles. There is history and a feel to a good Columbus frame resulting in a bike that has character and pizazz. I have a lively feel while the Tarmac feels muffled.
You malign perfectly good wheel-sets like my Bontrager Race Light wheels. We are not all owned by professionals or people with fat bank accounts. Once you get me going I am pretty quick on the flats or even on a slight up-grade. The extra weight gives me momentum and once I get up to speed there is little that can slow me down.
Why didn’t you just buy new wheels, change my gearing and be done with it? You didn’t need to get a new bike. A bike, I might add, that is only a few pounds lighter than me (as if you have to carry it rather than just pedal it). In fact why don’t you admit it? You no longer have such a skinny youthful figure yourself. If you don’t want to get passed by that fat guy on a fancy carbon bike, you ought to go on a diet.
The one thing you forgot to mention is that you don’t intend to trade me in. I still catch you casting adoring glances my way. You will always enjoy riding me. Admit it; you love me, notwithstanding your infatuation with the Specialized Tarmac. “Tarmac”… Isn’t that a pretentious name? In America we call it asphalt. How about Specialized Asphalt? It doesn’t sound so highfaluting does it? To me it has no soul and I’m not just saying that because I’m jealous.
Mistakes were made. At least next time you will know better when a sexy new bike tries to lead you astray.