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I am entirely uneducated when it comes to the composition of alloy metals. Any basic lessons that anyone would be willing to offer would be greatlyh appreciated.

I'm shopping for a cross bike at the moment, and unless I see specifically the words "steel" or "aluminum" I am totally at a loss for knowing what a bike is made of.

For instance, from reading the frame description I can't tell if the Lemond Poprad is steel or aluminum, but have been told it is steel. Is this true? How can I tell? Additionally, the alloy description seems similar to that of the Redline Conquest, but I was under the impression that that particular frame is aluminum.

Help anyone?

Links to each of the bikes specs:

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