Re: [CR] Seat Stays: dynamic effect of varying seat tube connection pt.

(Example: Production Builders:Peugeot)

Date: Sat, 29 Jul 2006 09:16:52 -0500
From: "John Thompson" <JohnThompson@new.rr.com>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR] Seat Stays: dynamic effect of varying seat tube connection pt.
References: <18177-44CB018B-1584@storefull-3272.bay.webtv.net>
In-Reply-To: <18177-44CB018B-1584@storefull-3272.bay.webtv.net>


Bob Hanson wrote:
> Personally, I tend to view modern CF "compact" road racing frames as
> mutations - with just a lowered top tube and a truncated seat tube...
> and then an absurdly long seatpost is shoved out the top like a circus
> bike.

It is my opinion that the modern "compact frames" are simply a method to allow manufacturers to build/stock fewer frame sizes and save on tooling expenses, etc. The various technical justifications for this are little more that market-speak technobabble to convince consumers that it is really a good idea for them.

Simply changing the seat post and stem extension to accommodate different size riders does not really make the bike fit a rider -- it just makes it possible for the rider to use the bike.

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John "harrumph!" (john@os2.dhs.org)
Appleton WI USA