Aluminum bikes have always been harsh, the old Cannondales for example, but they were cheap
and therefore easily replaced if you crashed in a criterium.
was of course heavy, but still a very excellent material, a good Columbus steel
bike with brazed investment cast lugs is still sort of the gold standard for many.
Titanium is I believe the best frame set, but due to cost to manufacture you just donít see it anymore, Carbon Fiber offers most of the advantages, at a fraction of the cost. Carbon fiber is actually not expensive, Titanium isnít really either, itís the machining and hand welding required that makes Ti not cheap
The big disadvantage of carbon fiber is itís easily damaged, and if itís an expensive lightweight frame set, it wonít tolerate much damage at all, and Carbon Fiber has a nasty habit of being just fine and then one millisecond later it completely fails. I wouldnít put an expensive Carbon Fiber frame on a boat
myself, something would damage it Iím afraid.
If I were wanting an honest to goodness good boat
bike because I was still a bicyclist, Iíd talk to the folks at Bike Friday be measured and have them build me a custom bike.
But Iím not so my inexpensive run of the mill aluminum Dahon will have to do.