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Compact framesAnthony
Aug 18, 2001 4:17 PM
Looking for input on compact frames. Litespeed is set to release one and some companys have some out already. I'm 6-2/178-180lbs was wondering if it would be a good move for me(trying to help my butt up the Mtn). Looking to get a specialized because I can get a deal.Any input pos/neg would be helpful.

Thanks Anthony
re: Compact framesBruno S
Aug 18, 2001 9:28 PM
I was just forced to use a compact frame. I used to have an specialized allez 60cm but it broke and it got replaced with a compact geometry 60cm (equivalent). I like it very much. The bike is now lighter and it looks much better. Large frames tend to have long head tubes but not in the compact geometry. The bike just looks more aggresive something that I like. The ride is different. I wouldn't say that it feels more confortable but it corners better. I also feel that its more nervous and at the beginning I had trouble riding without hands. By now I can do it in the same way as with the other. So if you can get a deal for the specialized go for it. I am very happy with mine and consider the compact geometry frame a big improvement over my previous frame.
re: Why?Rusty Coggs
Aug 19, 2001 5:26 AM
Wouldn't training harder and less beer and pizza be a LOT more cost effective?
Yeah, that was helpfulKerry Irons
Aug 19, 2001 5:42 PM
The guy is 6'2" and weighs 180 - sounds like he's pretty thin already. Such constructive suggestions are always appreciated (NOT!).

Back to the topic, there are minimal pros/cons to the compact design. It's just another way to put the pieces together.