My problem, is that I was hoping that they would use their market position to take a larger aestetic risk......clearly, IMO, they were afraid of taking too big a risk...too bad IMO.akatsuki said:Because of computer modeling, the frames are going to converge very quickly in what is effective. Stress points, aerodynamics, functional considerations- all of these play a role in the so-called "unification" of form. There is a reason (besides maybe the design rip-off issue brewing) that the Tarmac, Orca, RT700, and Madone share a bunch of the same features, and it is not all because of them being built in the same CF factory.
There is some of that "me-to"ism that you were complaining of. I love the look of a lugged bike, but I don't pretend for one second that I am buying it because of its repairability in the field per se. You could also argue that steel has hit its apex in design and that while there is no more room to improve, whereas carbon fiber gets to start with the design experience of other materials and improve quickly.Sorry, I disagree. Because carbon Fiber allows for the alignement of stresses with direction of stress....I don't believe that there is one optimal form. Rather, I think that while a good development effort is way out on the edge from a design standpoint, Marketing is pulling them back afraid that if they get too far out there on the aestetics end, they will los the heart of the market. That's is why there is a convergence of form....fear of alienating the market....I've been in these discussions in too many businesses.
The things that make a CF frame better are invisible to the naked eye, whether the weave or modulus, as opposed to steel where you can somehow magically see the lug tube interface internally.Possibly, but I think it's more about guessing at what might be acceptable to the market.
I own three steel bikes and one aluminum. I will probably one day change the aluminum for titanium or CF, but will always have steel. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. To some extent, I think that Ti will continue to challenge steel far more than CF ever will, which, if the price came down, would probably bump a lot off the market (e.g. Cannondale's Super Six).