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To go Carbon...or not to go


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I am looking at buying a new 2011 Ghost Lector 7400 Carbon Full Susser, and was wondering if carbon is the way to go or not.

I weigh 88kg, and mostly ride 40-45km 3-4 times a week, 2 rides are trails and races and the rest around the hood.

Can you use the same bike cleaners/grease/lubes etc

How does carbon compare to Alu and is the R5k extra worth it??

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have you done your homework and search for it?

 

If you did, then tell us what your findings are and we'd give some insight.

 

BTW, if i had the money and i was doing downhill, I'd buy a downhill carbon bike

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Go carbon, the ride is awsome, much more comfortable than alu. I weigh 90kg and have had no problems with the frame.

 

Personally I would go for one of the GT Marathon carbon bikes.

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R5000 extra? No way. I am metal man. I don't drink alcohol free beer. Neither do I eat or drink sugar free chocolate or cola.

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When you stack the bike on a series of rock, the R 5000 will be cash waisted.

 

Anyway, I love my carbon FS.

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Go carbon if you can afford it, it does make a big difference.

 

If it will result in you entering less races/rides (since you have less money), it is not worth it.

 

Riding your bike is better than having the latest and greatest

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I don't mind the TIIINNG sound of stones hitting my alu down-tube from the front tyre ... I'd be more nervous, if that was a hollow THUD of the same stones hitting my carbon down-tube! Reckon you loose more rigidity through the numerous pivot points on a FS, than you gain by going carbon over alu.

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If you go carbon, you will need insurrance. Just got myself a Morewood Zula (Alu).

 

prefer alu on MTB and carbon on roadbike

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Make sure your insurance is up to date. Buddy of mine cracked his carbon FS frame (scott) three times. Last one was from a fall. He is moving to a giant ali frame now thanks to his insurance.

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