Alu or Carbon? Does it really make a difference?
I'm going to be biying my first road bike and I have a question for you all; does a full carbon frame make a huge difference over an alu frame with a carbon fork?
I'm looking to spend about a grand and the Boardman Team Carbon is looking very attractive. Then I was looking at the Boardman Team, which has *exactly* the same spec apart from an alu frame rather than carbon, but is £200 cheaper. If I don't need to spend the £200 then great -- I can go and buy some new winter cycling gear!
The weight is almost the same, and I'm not overly concerned about saving grams as I'm a big guy (over 6ft and 'chunky' I think is the polite term!)
Is the ride difference worth the extra £200 for carbon?