Frame Life

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by sdrtha, Jul 10, 2004.

  1. sdrtha

    sdrtha Guest

    I'm looking at a used bike and have a general question: What is the average
    life of a bike frame? Is it significantly reduced by racing? I know
    different materials would have different expected lifespans, but which is
    best for longevity (steel, aluminum, titatium, or carbon)? This bike is Ti
    and has been ridden 7-8000 miles and raced one season. The rider is 5' 7"
    and 145# ...
    Thanks,
    Snake
     
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  2. Jim Flom

    Jim Flom Guest

    "sdrtha" wrote ...
    > I'm looking at a used bike and have a general question: What is the

    average
    > life of a bike frame? Is it significantly reduced by racing? I know
    > different materials would have different expected lifespans, but which is
    > best for longevity (steel, aluminum, titatium, or carbon)? This bike is

    Ti
    > and has been ridden 7-8000 miles and raced one season. The rider is 5' 7"
    > and 145# ...


    A good ti frame should outlast you. Because it's been raced be especially
    attentive to the condition of the frame, although one season isn't
    necessarily a big deal. How many races? Examine the frame carefully,
    especially around the bottom bracket and other joints, but look it all over
    for cracks. I got my wife a one year old used alu race frame last year and
    it's awesome (CAAD5).
     
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