It is if you want to sell high-end bikes. That's one of the conclusions you'd get from this year's trade shows. And just as consumers at the German and Italian shows have found, UK bike enthusiasts at London's Cycle 2003 are finding that frames made from stiff alu or ti bonded to carbon-fibre rear stays are all the rage. LeMond bikes popularised the trend but click inside for a peek at the Independent Fabrication version, as well a beautiful, full-carbon, made-in-China, frame from Kestrel

Carbon-and-aluminium/titanium: a marriage made in heaven?

This is the same Independent Fabrication bike that will be at Interbike next month. It was on the Sideways Cycles stand. As was a kitchen sink. Don’t ask.

And it’s good to see the return of Kestrel bikes to the UK. Now made in China, Kestrel bikes are better than when they were made in America, said UK importer Upgrade.

The Talon SL frame, 1090g, has RRP of £1599, and comes with an alloy fork.

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