Re: [CR] Proper weight distribution?

(Example: Framebuilders:Masi)

From: "Ken Wehrenberg" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2011 19:59:34 -0600
Subject: Re: [CR] Proper weight distribution?

John, and list:

Eleven years ago, I was fitted for a Seven and this weight distribution idea was part of the fitting's concept. I must say that for me, with a climber's physique and the lighter upper body, what was arrived at was quite different than what I had ever ridden on a stock frameset, either European-made or American. They positioned me with a longer-than-normal stem and very steep head angle, so as to bring more of my weight quite a bit forward and onto the front wheel's load. Had to get used to gobs of toe overlap, but the resulting weight distribution really changed things up in a way that I happen to like so much that the bike remains my favorite handling bike ever.

In reality, there is another way to go this direction of forward weighting the bike a bit and that is to move the center of gravity forward by positioning the rear wheel backwards more with long chainstays. That is how my other favorite handling bike, a subsequently-acquireed vintage Eisentraut, did it.

Ken Wehrenberg, Santa Barbara, CA but heading back to MO soon