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ultimobici said:
10 years or so I had the opportunity to discuss this among other subjects with Dario Pegoretti, who developed EOM 16.5 tubing for Dedacciai.

His take was that it was a short-cut and was inferior to building with the correct tubing for the frame. he also pointed out that there were more joints involved on many frames with carbon stays. The best comment though was that he "wouldn't trust his nuts to 2 4mm bolts!"
I think he's right. I always took the carbon stays thing as something the bike industry was trying to fool consumers with. The carbon stays are cheaper to fabricate and build into a bike. Then if they could convince us that the bikes had a better ride, they could also charge us more for them.
 
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