Originally Posted by pr50wner
it does not have a carbon fiber body, carbon fiber looks like this
the paint or the plastic color has metalic specles in it so it gives it the "GLIMER" effect, looks really good but i think its still plastic
That is NOT what ALL carbon fiber looks like, what you see there is a layer put on top of the carbon, to make it look appealing.
Strange carbon that calfee uses:Here
OMG some one painted carbon:I own these, and yes they are carbonA little diagram of how giant lays up their frames, note the last external layer.
Anyways the lightest carbon, is not pretty, they are starting to use it on the super light bikes such as the proto Colongo C50, the proto Giant TCR advanced, the tmobile is riding, and lance's new madone ssl. They are painting the full frame, instead of leaving some of the cosmetic layer out, becasue they are leaving the cosmetic layer off. No cosmetic layer=lighter and cheaper. Is asus using carbon composite, yes I belive they are, are they using high zoot carbon and laying it up, no they aren't, but its still carbon.
Edit: I should say how giant USED to lay up their frames, the new frame as I said is some new compressed carbon or something I can't remeber the name for it.