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As we all know, a bike frame constructed of steel is strong. In fact, in an article for Off-road.cc, Benedict Pfender goes so far to call it “incredibly strong.” A magnesium alloy bike frame, however, is 17 percent stronger than standard steel, 21 percent stronger than conventional aluminum, and 56 percent stronger than typical titanium.Magnesium Alloy Creates a ‘Smoother and More Compliant Ride’
“Smoother and more compliant” are the words VAAST Bikes General Manager Morten Kristiansen uses in an interview with Stan’s No Tubes to compare their bikes made with magnesium alloy frames to ones that aren’t. While any such observation is based on sensation, Kristiansen’s clearly is— as Boston’s most famous and most obnoxious song states — more than a feeling.
Damping capacity, the ability to decrease the loss of forward energy in the bike because of resistance from road friction, leads to a smoother and more compliant ride. Magnesium has the highest known damping capacity of any structural metal, including steel, titanium — and certainly aluminum. In other words and also paradoxically, magnesium alloy creates the sort of exuberance alluded to in Boston’s song by actually generating less feeling — less feeling of the bumps in the road.
If all this talk of damping capacity has you feeling like Elton John’s “Rocket Man,” I understand. Writing such stuff is just my job, five days a week. But something else Kristiansen shared in the Stan’s No Tubes interview helped me a bunch. The more complex an atom is shaped, the more energy it absorbs. The atomic shape of aluminum is square; the atomic shape of magnesium is hexagonical. So when it comes to atoms, Huey Lewis and the News is wrong, it’s not hip to be square. What else is wrong is when an aluminum bike suddenly buckles because of a minor mishap months ago