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Published on Jun 20, 2012
Frame materials vary based upon intended use, weight, rigidity and price. Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber frames provide a premium feel, but are typically more expensive than bikes made from other frame materials. Aluminum frames are slightly more rigid and economical, with application to a broader range of bicycle styles and rider weights. Steel frames typically feature a chromoly blend, which provides a light and supple ride. Here's a basic breakdown of the three primary frame materials.