An alloy frame is a bicycle frame made of an alloy, a mixture of two or more metals. The most common alloy used for bicycle frames is aluminum alloy, which combines aluminum with other elements such as silicon, magnesium, or zinc. Alloy frames are usually lighter and stiffer than steel frames.
The term alloy comes from the Latin word for mixture (alligare). It is a metallurgical term that describes how metals can be combined to create new materials with different properties and characteristics.
The term alloy frame is used in the context of bicycle frames, which are the main structural components of the bicycle. They support the rider and the other parts of the bike, such as the wheels, fork, handlebar, seatpost, and drivetrain. Alloy frames are made by welding or bonding alloy tubes into a specific shape and geometry. Alloy frames can be shaped into different profiles and sizes to suit different types of riding and preferences.
Some synonyms or related terms for alloy frame are aluminum frame or alloy bike.
An example of an alloy frame is the Cannondale CAAD13, a high-performance road bike with an advanced aluminum frame. It uses Cannondale’s Smartform C1 premium alloy that is hydroformed and double-pass welded for strength and smoothness. It also has an aerodynamic design that reduces drag and improves speed.
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He has been riding road bikes actively for the past 12 years and started racing competitively in the senior category during the summer recently.