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Why Aluminum? If you read the catalogs and reviews from the large commercial bike companies you may surmise that aluminum is used only on low or mid level bicycles. While that may be the way that the large companies sell thier wares, aluminum holds a much greater appeal at the top end of bicycle lines. For starters, consider that the leaders in the field of frame materials - Columbus, Deda, Reynolds, among others - have spent as much effort in the last 30 years producing state-of-the-art aluminum alloys as they have steel and carbon. It is still a very viable material and is enjoying a surge in popularity with some riders. Aluminum offers the rider a slightly more rigid frame than compared to steel, but at a lighter weight to price ratio.
Aluminum tubes also lend themselves very well to being assembled in the classic Italian geometries (unlike most carbon frames). This means a frame can be built for a variety of rider heights, and body proportions to maximize fit and performance. Aluminum frames can be built 100% aluminum, or be nicely combined with rear carbon seat/chainstay kits to really achieve a unique and personalized bike with very specific characteristics. IL Massimo can build you a great aluminum bike if you decide it is the right material for you. A number of finish options exist to further personalize your bicycle. Welds can be left natural, or ground down and filled to deliver a very uniform look at the joints. We offer currently, frames with Columbus Airplane and Starship tubes as well as Deda Fire, Force and EM2.
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