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Old Oct 14, 2009, 09:00 AM
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Agreed, no carbon frame for the 500GT. However, the head and tail assembly are mostly metal, no "plastic" in it either - all nonmetal parts are composed of a more rigid FRN (fiber-reinforced nylon) for both the head and tail assemblies. The 250GT head and tail assembly both have some plastic in it (not FRN), otherwise the ratio of metal to nonmetal parts in both the 500GT and 250GT head/tail assemblies is nearly the same. The frame is the big difference, and considering the total cost of the 500GT is only ~$12 higher than that of the 250GT, the aluminum frame makes sense. As someone posted above, the aluminum frame may be helpful in reducing the static issues that have plagued some of the other 500 kits with c/f frames. Aluminum is a decent frame material, in a more minor crash bent aluminum can often be repaired, whereas weak spots in a c/f frame will splinter and break.
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