When carbon started to come to prominence many years ago, lots of people were worried about its strength. Over time these worries have proven to be dumbfounded, and every year brings new advancements in technology that further enhance strength and lower weight. That is why even our lightest carbon fiber frames come with a 2-year warranty, longer than many warranties on metal framed bicycles.
We’re going to make a presumption right at the start here, and that is that you are talking about a hardtail mountain bike frame. A full suspension frame is not really going to work with a rigid fork unless we take a trip back to the 90s and all buy a URT full sus frame. When though should I ride a rigid fork on a mountain bike?
Carbon is often considered to be the ultimate material for making bike frames. It is the material that bike magazines and blogs want us to drool over. They are guiding us to cracking open our credit card and spending a lot of money.
Aluminum is often seen as the material you find on entry-level bikes. Your first road bike or mountain bike will have an aluminum frame. Is aluminum though just an entry-level material and can it compete with carbon fiber or is carbon just simply better?