I agree about the feel difference. A metric tubed frame feels springier. Of course this applies to Swiss bikes made with metric tubing also.
At 03:49 PM 5/22/01 -0400, Moos, Jerry wrote:
>A matter of opinion, no doubt, but most Francophiles think the old French
>frames feel different, and the metric 531 was definitely different in
>diameter, so is an obvious, if only partial, explanation for the feel.
>From: Jim Cole [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2001 4:04 PM
>Subject: [CR]RE: Steering geometry
>>[snip]...To me, the French bikes have a wonderful "live" feel,
>probably due to the long rake as well as the metric gauge 531,...[snip]
>I've never heard that metric gauge tubing has a much different "feel"
>over other 531 tubing. Have I been missing something?