Which Radon Bike - Carbon vs Alu?

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malcolmhafner
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Which Radon Bike - Carbon vs Alu?

Postby malcolmhafner » Fri Dec 07, 2012 18:03 pm

I'm looking to buy a bike from Radon (the German online company). If you don't know them it doesn't matter, the choices I'm after advice on is essentially Aluminium frame with better componentry or a carbon frame with less good componentry. One of the key questions is Shimano XT vs SRAM x9.

I would like some advice on the best bike to choose.

The bikes are
alu: http://www.radon-bikes.de/xist4c/web/ZR ... 22260_.htm
carbon: http://www.radon-bikes.de/xist4c/web/Bl ... 22281_.htm

Both are 26 inch wheels because I live in the Chilterns (UK) and much of it is twisty turny stuff rather than rapid rolling. Can't afford the 29er carbon anyway.

I'm definitely not competition, but like to push hard for a 50 yr old. Most rides are a couple of hours hard slog up hill and down dale at the weekend with a couple of (charity) all day bashes each year (last few have been Brecon Beacons, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, Peak District). My current bike is an old Diamond Back Ascent Ex (20 year old steel and no sus).

Any advice you can give would be great.
Cheers!

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Re: Which Radon Bike - Carbon vs Alu?

Postby 70\'sPenguin » Fri Dec 07, 2012 18:50 pm


malcolmhafner
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Re: Which Radon Bike - Carbon vs Alu?

Postby malcolmhafner » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:24 am

Thanks for your suggestion. That is exactly what I bought. It took it out yesterday for the first time and it was grand! Can't believe how light and stiff it was and very comfortable.

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Re: Which Radon Bike - Carbon vs Alu?

Postby njee20 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:37 am

Bike Discount one looks a bargain, good choice!


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