Do carbon/alloy wrap posts offer any performance advantages...

by sponging-machine   April 15, 2009  

...over a regular metal post (vibration absorption, etc.), or are they just cosmetically pleasing?

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The latter I'd say.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4111 posts]
15th April 2009 - 23:51

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My experience has been that they are inferior to an item made solely of either one of the materials.

As the wrap is so thin, it often cracks easily.

Complicating matters since 1965

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posted by DaSy [644 posts]
16th April 2009 - 9:16

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the only carbon/alu combination thing i've used recently that's been any good (apart from a frame) are shimano's rs80 wheels which do offer a very good mix of stiffness and vibration damping. but only because the aluminium is thin enough for the carbon to have an effect on the material properties of the rim.

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7039 posts]
16th April 2009 - 20:27

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They look better for sure but thats the only benefit I can see in having a wrapped seatpost or stem of whatever. I would say its better to make a good quality product out of one material than to try and make a nice looking product out of two.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1076 posts]
17th April 2009 - 8:39

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That's decided then. Cheers everyone.

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posted by sponging-machine [108 posts]
26th April 2009 - 19:33

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