c'dale Super V or Raven

c'dale Super V or Raven

Post by Ed » Sat, 20 Mar 1999 04:00:00


what's so special about the Raven frame, other than the tech factor of
the hybrid carbon/alum construction?

Is it worth the extra 30-40% cost for the Raven frame?  Are they
significantly lighter, or ride much better than the standard Super V
aluminum frame?

 
 
 

c'dale Super V or Raven

Post by rick.. » Sat, 20 Mar 1999 04:00:00

The Raven frame weighs about 1/2lb less than the
equivalent (sized) Super V frame.  The marketing
spiel is that the carbon parts add side-to-side
stiffness while the AL "skeleton" provides vertical
strength.  I'd suspect you'd be pretty hard-pressed
to feel a difference in how either rides, so its
likely any decision would be based on how you liked
either bike's looks.

I chose a SuperV(2000) over the Raven when it first came
out since (1) I always worry about a "first year design
or release" (2) the initial Ravens only came in size
large (3) I didn't like the entry Raven's looks (grey
body and red fork and swingarm (4) I ddidn't think 1/2
pound was worth the extra money to get the Raven.

To be fair, the Raven appears to have survived the test
of time (concern #1), they are now offered in "medium"
(concern #2), the entry Raven looks better (all blue)
(concern #3).  The price differential is still there
though (concern #4), but at least the entry Raven is
spec'd pretty well...

Good luck with your decision.  They are both great bikes.

Quote:

> what's so special about the Raven frame, other than the tech factor of
> the hybrid carbon/alum construction?

> Is it worth the extra 30-40% cost for the Raven frame?  Are they
> significantly lighter, or ride much better than the standard Super V
> aluminum frame?

--
leave no trace....              Rick Brusuelas

 
 
 

c'dale Super V or Raven

Post by buz » Sun, 21 Mar 1999 04:00:00

I just got one about 2 months ago.  I like it a lot, but I've never
ridden one of the aluminum Super V's to compare it with.

I am told that the Raven is quite a bit stiffer than the aluminum
version.  Since I got my Raven 2000 for $1700, it was competitive with
the aluminum ones.