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Bridgestone said:
Are 100% carbon frames better riding or more compliant that a Aluminum frame with carbon stays and fork?

Was looking at http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/gigi_pro.htm for my wife. I believe this is a Kinesis frameset.
This is a hotly debated topic that will probably conjure up some colorful opinions. I'll provide you with a couple of older threads that might be of interest.

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=220605&highlight=carbon+vs.+aluminum

http://forums.roadbikereview.com/showthread.php?t=221740&highlight=carbon+vs.+aluminum

My answer to your question? No. There are so many variables involved, such as the design of the frame/fork, tire pressure, tire width, saddle, bar tape, wheels, proper fit, etc. that can influence the perception of compliancy in a frame of ANY material.
 

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Not all carbon bikes ride the same. Not all aluminum bikes ride the same. Each individual frame will ride as it's designed. Some carbon and some aluminum bikes will ride harshly, others will not.
 
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