Re: [CR] Frame stiffness NOW Frames Getting Soft and 753

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Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 14:05:42 -0700
To: Angel Garcia <>,
From: "Jan Heine" <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Frame stiffness NOW Frames Getting Soft and 753

At 12:13 PM -0400 7/6/10, Angel Garcia wrote:
>I haven't followed this thread closely but I thought I would re-post an
>email from Andy Hampsten that I received in 2004 in response to a question I
>had about a particular bike he was riding in a stage. His reply:
>In '88 I had a fantastic frame made by John Slawta of Landshark that got me
>up and over the snowy Gavia pass. He used Tange Prestige tubing back then.

I have ridden that frame - just a spin around town with a few hills thrown in. It was quite flexible, as one would expect of a frame made from superlight Tange Prestige tubing in standard (non-OS) diameters. Andy was gracious enough to allow me a ride when we had the bike for photography for our book "The Competition Bicycle."

I have often thought that the combination of a heavier-gauge bike for training and a superlight-gauge one for racing might work really well. After riding a "less lively" frame, the superlight bike feels like it's flying (at least for me, and apparently, for Andy Hampsten).

Jan Heine
Bicycle Quarterly
2116 Western Ave.
Seattle WA 98121