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Bicycle frame material comparison chart

Lennard Zinn has worked with many bicycle frame materials throughout his carreer at Zinn Cycles. Over the years, he has found several materials to provide the most performance and durability. Since the majority of Zinn Cycles’ customers are very tall and/or heavy, it’s very important for us to use materials that will hold up to the abuse of a large rider. The materials we offer for road bikes are Titanium, Magnesium, Carbon Fiber, and Steel. We make Aluminum and titanium full suspension mountain bikes and hardtails in steel or titanium. Use the information on this page to compare the different bike frame materials used in the industry today.
Titanium Magnesium Steel (Cromoly) Aluminum Carbon Fiber
Road/Cross Bikes
available YES YES YES NO YES
durability
stiffness
vibration damping
comfort
weight
recommended use ALL-ROAD/RACING/TOURING RACING ALL-ROAD/TOURING RACING RACING
Mountain Bikes
available hardtail YES NO YES NO NO
available FS YES NO NO YES NO
durability HT
durability FS
stiffness
comfort HT
comort FS
weight
recommended use XC XC ALL ALL XC

 

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