Choosing what kind of bicycle to buy can seem like a daunting task, but in reality the choices are quite simple. One of the first things a cyclist is going to have to keep in mind while shopping for the right bicycle is what material the frame itself should be made from. While it seems like, as a new consumer, there are choices at every turn and nothing is ever just straight and simple, the choice of material for your bicycle frame is a rather easy choice.

Consumers can expect two main choices when it comes to frame material- carbon or aluminum.

The variables at play in choosing between carbon and aluminum are weight, durability, comfort, and price. Carbon frames typically weigh less than aluminum frames and last much longer. Manufacturers put so much faith in carbon frames, in fact, that they may even offer lifetime warranties on them, a perk that may not accompany the less reliable aluminum frame. The carbon frame’s nature makes a cyclist’s ride more comfortable in that it absorbs shock and vibrations. This is fantastic for those who are cycling for joint health, as the reduced vibrations lessen environmental factors in joint pain.

The value of a carbon frame is reflected in its price, however, and this can be a deterrent for some. As the technology further saturates the market, more consumers will be able to enjoy the value of carbon frames, and consumers can expect a decrease in prices.