How to tell frame material

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Mitch135, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Mitch135

    Mitch135 New Member

    Hey guys while I'm waiting on my motor to come in I've been browsing on the forum and I see how there are a good many complaints about aluminum frame bikes. I'm using a Schwinn Frontier that I've had for about 8 or 9 years does anyone know how I can tell what my frame is made out of? I've been searching for the specs but haven't had much luck. Any help is appreciated.

  2. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Put a magnet on the frame........unless it's carbon fiber or other exotica.
  3. Mitch135

    Mitch135 New Member

    That was a great idea I didn't even think about that. Turns out its steel. thanks for the good advice.
  4. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Aluminum frames have thicker dropouts than steel. The width of the welds is much wider on aluminum frames. Steel feels colder to the touch than aluminum. The magnet is the best way to tell.