Thanks. Yeah, I guess at this point, another $600 is a drop in the bucket. My sense is to prioritize components over the frame. Meaning, I could get an R in carbon, or an S in aluminum for the same price. That's reasonable, right?Can't go wrong either way, but the S has better forks, slightly better drivetrain, better brakes, better wheels, a better dropper, and is over a full pound lighter.
Perfect. Exactly what I wanted to hear. Thank you.S build in alum. is a no brainer over the R c IMO, because the performance gains in the build equip. will make a much bigger difference than any perceivable benefit in frame material. -.5 lbs, and a little more stiffness isn't worth it, and probably imperceivable to you.
Thanks. Yes, I can see carbon more for road or doing triathlons, which I used to do. Bottom line, is I trust SC and want to buy localThis is slightly off track but after a decade on a higher end carbon road bike (Giant OCR C1), I bought a higher end aluminum road bike last year (Cannondale CAAD 12 Ultegra) and find I actually like the ride of a contemporary aluminum frame better then the older carbon. Also, the new bike is almost two pounds lighter then the previous one which does matter in a road bike.
So much has to do with the builder and being a Santa Cruz fan and owner of a 5010 C V1 with an R build, I would not worry about an aluminum Santa Cruz frame. Santa Cruz is a reputable company and when they do something, they usually do it right.
I'm starting to look at my next mountain bike from Santa Cruz and aluminum is definitely an option I would consider if offered in the bike I finally choose.
Of course, this is all just my opinion and I can't give you facts and figures why one material is objectively better then the other but when I ride, its all pretty much subjective anyway.