Aluminium Alloy in Bike Frames

Edit: Wuxi XSX Metal Materials Co.,Ltd    Date:Mar 27, 2017

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As a renown metal material for its low density, versatility, and strength, aluminum is critical to a wide swath of industries, from construction to outdoor sport gear. Its natural attributes make aluminum a popular material in the manufacturing of bike frames. Though there are various mateirals can be used in the construction of bike frames, aluminium ones are becoming popular in the cycling world recently.


WHY IS ALUMINIUM ALLOY GOOD FOR BYCILE FRAMES?

Aluminium alloy is a widely available lightweight frame material. Steel, the most common bike frame mateiral, is almost three times the weight. And what's more, aluminium frames require no susbstantial design changes to remain the lower weight bikes. Due to this character, aluminium becomes an aideal choice for racing bike frames.

Unlike steel frames, aluminium bikes are anti-rust and low-maintenance, which are ideal for touring cyclists and those who normally rides in wet conditions.

Though aluminium frames are generally more expensive than steel ones, they are relatively inexpensive due to its durability, stability and low weight. It's an afforable material for riders at all levels of expertise.


WHAT ALUMINIUM ALLOY IS USED FOR BIKE FRAME?

There are two aluminium alloy types used in cycling industry, 6061 and 7005, and of the various technologies enhancing their performance.

6061 is an alloy consists of aluminium, magnesium and silcone and is consdered to be superior to 7005, made of aluminium and zinc, although the latter appears to be more resistant. When it comes to bicycles frames, the differences between levels of resistance are also incluenced by factors such as welding quality, tube shaping and thickness.

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