Pros and cons of bike frame materials

Pros and Cons of Bike Frame Materials

Bike frame materials breakdown

If you’re in the market for a new bike, you might be overwhelmed with the different types of bike frame materials from which you can choose. Be prepared; know the type of bike you want and what you want it to do. When researching online or speaking with a dealer you need to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible. Comfort, weight, corrosion, and repairability are major factors to consider when searching for your next bike. Read our list of pros and cons for different bike frame materials. This will come in handy when purchasing your first bike or upgrading from your current ride!


•  comfortable
•  absorbs shock
•  durable
•  repairable
•  “skinny tubes” = classic looking
•  can be almost as light as titanium

•  heavier than aluminum
•  rusts if not maintained
•  “skinny tubes” = old school


•  can be very lightweight
•  new aluminum is more comfortable
•  does not rust, resists corrosion
•  stiff for good energy transfer

•  the low end has a harsher ride than steel
•  not as repairable as steel


•  very comfortable
•  stiff for good energy transfer
•  does not rust
•  “cool factor” and aero
•  can be expensive
•  hard to repair


•  comfortable, similar to steel
•  does not rust or corrode
•  lightweight
•  durable
•  usually more expensive
•  difficult to repair due to the strength of the material
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