Re: [CR] Frame stiffness, Now 3V stiffness

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Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2010 13:32:39 -0400
From: "Ken Freeman" <>
To: Tom Sanders <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Frame stiffness, Now 3V stiffness

Love the image of you or Joe or anyone smoking the rear tire of a 3v!

On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Tom Sanders <> wrote:
> Several folks have commented on the stiffness of the 3V bikes and its'
> beneficial effects on handling, acceleration, etc. The comments are spot
> on. These bikes do weigh a bit more than one might think, but once under
> motion there is no noticeable effect of the weight that I have ever been
> able to detect. I have owned one Italian one, one American one, and the
> highly custom one that Joe Starck built for his own use. I still have the
> Joe Starck one. First, let me point out that the American and Italian ones
> had no differences in ride and handling that I could discern. The Joe
> Starck one, even heavier than the other two due to beefier stays, seems to
> be the fastest bike I have ever owned. Perhaps this is all in my
> imagination , but it darn near feels like you could spin the rear wheel
> upon
> takeoff if you wished (or perhaps if I wasn't such an old time wimp).
> Again, the weight difference is in no way apparent when riding it. Not
> only
> very quick, it is very stable.
> This bike was sent to Damon Rinard for testing of its' stiffness and it
> tied for the stiffest steel bike tested. You can read the article here:
> I acquired the frame from
> Dale Brown several years ago and kitted it out with my ever favorite C
> Record goodies. You can see pics, if interested here:
> I think 3 V bikes are just sheer joy to ride, I am continually surprised
> they are not in as hot a demand as some other bikes. Kind of a Cult thing,
> I guess.
> Tom Sanders
> Lansing, MI USA
> _______________________________________________

Ken Freeman
Ann Arbor, MI USA