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But it still has its place in the market and it is well worth considering In bike years, aluminium seems like a relatively young material.
For most of the bicycle’s history steel has dominated.
Well made aluminium frames had a better stiffness-to-weight ratio than steel.
Later, any fears about the integrity and durability of the bonded joints were allayed once TIG welding (Tungsten Inert Gas) was widely adopted.
Before I set off with why the best aluminium bikes should still hold a place in everyone’s heart, I agree it is hard to see past its ‘cheap and cheerful’ image.
Steel seems to hold this nostalgic memory of great, long, comfortable rides and bikes built by skilled frame builders who put their hearts and souls into their work.
And now, in the modern era, carbon-fibre is not only relatively wallet friendly but it can also be made much lighter than aluminium and with aerodynamically superior tube shapes.
The 27.2mm seatpost that comes with the Ultra 520 does a good job of adding comfort.Happily, though, the lower price point and aluminium frame don’t necessarily mean a compromise in quality or enjoyment.Buy now for £999.99 from Canyon Read the review: Specialized Allez E5 Elite The Specialized Allez Elite forms part of the Allez range which has dominated the ‘first bike’ market for years.Read the review: Trek Emonda ALR 5 Disc The Trek Emonda ALR 5 disc made it into our Editor’s Choice awards for 2018, and absolutely bowled us over with a frame that neither looks nor rides like aluminum.Our size 52 weighed in at just 7.8kg, in part due to the ‘invisible weld technology’ which adds to stiffness and reduces weight.