/ Better buy - carbon frame or high-end components?
Found a couple of hardtail MTB bargains but unsure which is the better buy - carbon frame with ok components or aluminium frame with top notch components?
Any experts out there?
I wouldn't pay much attention to the RRP on those, just silly money for what they seem to be.
Descriptions show the same weight for the bike, only reason I can see for getting carbon is lower weight
What are you going to be riding mainly?
Carbon is stiffer tho isn't it? Is it likely that the lower spec components disguise the true weight of the frame?
I have a cx bike which is great, but want to mix it up a bit more...
I'll be riding XC trails mostly, enjoy going uphill but want to go downhill faster than I can at the mo ;)
I got a high-end Hardtail in September. Whilst in the shop the sales monkey tried to sell me a carbon framed bike. I asked what happens when a rock jumps out and hits your frame, will it dent or crack? He said it depends. I said that it was not good enough. Think of it this way, you could be out on your first ride and you clip a rock/tree. An Alu bike you'll pick up and ride again, a carbon one may well be broken and you have to buy a new bike.
I got this in the end after visiting my local bike shops. It may be Evans own brand, but I love it. It rides really well and has taken a fair few tumbles.
Depends on the frame, impossible to tell from a picture
Either will make you go downhill faster than the CX bike, I can not even compare mine
Easier to upgrade components than a frame though
Always best to ride first, which you will find tough buying online
That's good example, a must watch for any biker really, there's a reason they build F1 cars and all other top end stuff out of carbon fibre.
On a good brand, that carbon frame is what, £2k by itself? I would say all weaves are different and cheaper ones may begin to delaminate earlier? Plus the mode of failure, at least with plastic deformation your chance of being impaled on your bike is less.
As highclimber said, steel is a great alternative!!
Bomb proof, and a fraction of the price of Ti. I got a Rock Lobster from Merlin cycles about 5 years ago, full XT components, Fox 32 forks and raceface finishing bits for under a grand. It's still running perfectly. I don't think you get the same level of components anymore but they'll defo be much better than an equivalently priced Ti framed bike!
I would also pick carbon as I believe that the lifespan of a carbon frame is likely longer than that of an Al frame. That stuff above about dinging a carbon frame first ride out - well it happens plenty with Al frames, drop them and the ultra thin tubes buckle and crimp if they hit anything.
I personally ride steel, but of those two would pick the Corratec everytime. Plus it's easier to change all the parts than the frame.
yes but they tend to have rather larger budgets including replacement parts though plus if a fighter hits something at any speed i suspect the material is secondary.
For OP, leaving specific aside as others have mentioned general advice is a good frame first since then you can replace components as needed and more importantly, again as mentioned, how it rides wins.
Although I reckon you could actually buy a frame and build-it up yourself for that sort of money...I've just ordered some stuff from CRC, their sale is amazing IF you aren't too picky and go for older components (still high quality, just 2010-2012 gear).
If I was after a new bike I'd be starting from scratch.
Built mine around a Ti hardtail frame and love it. Personally I didn't want to start with a carbon or aluminium frame as I found them both too stiff/harsh. Mine does hills well but still retains comfort.
Bet you could have great fun building a £1000 bike from scratch in the sales!
Not really an expert but...
Although the weight and price are the same, if you look at the geometry tables for both bikes the Corratec has a slightly longer effective top tube, slightly shorter head tube and slightly steeper head angle.
So the Corratec is more a race bike, suited for shorter, head-down fast-as-possible outings (and probably designed for power transfer above comfort)
and the Beone is a bit more trail-bike (slightly more stable on the downs, slightly more relaxed position for comfort on longer outings).
I'd buy the BeOne. The forks, brakes and drivetrain are much better and a bit more up to date (not really sure about the Manitou fork - but I bet you can get rebas serviced and fixed more easily and cheaper! Also, it looks like the BeOne has a tapered head tube but the Corratec doesn't - suggests an older design for the Corratec). That way you've got a bike that can do anything and is light enough to race, instead of a race bike with heavy components.
I bet you're going to reply saying you've bought the Corratec now aren't you!
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