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Best road frame for longer rides(4 posts)

Best road frame for longer ridesBenH
Jan 15, 2002 1:29 PM
I'm looking for a decent deal on a road bike with great climbing but forgiving of my rear. I've seen several deals out there on 853 based bikes with both Ultegra (KHS,Cinelli) and Daytona (Univega Modo Volare - Columbus Thon) or I can pay a bit more and get either an OCLV or Ti bike. I ride an OCLV right now and don't have any experience with the newer Steel or Ti bikes. How do they compare to OCLV for a long ride over not so great roads ?

If I can't afford the Ti, am I giving up much comfort going with 853 ?

Thanks again for all the help on this board !

Ben
re: Best road frame for longer ridesgrzy
Jan 15, 2002 2:15 PM
Based on your options there isn't much tah will come close to the comfort, smoothness, and vibration absorption of the OCLV. This all assumes that the bike fits you really well - otherwise any frame will be uncomfortable in time. Beg borrow or steal examples of each of the frame materials and take it for a longer ride - you'll be surprised at how much you'll learn. Try to keep things even by suing the same set of wheels as you swap around (not always possible). My Ti ride isn't as smooth as my OCLV was, but I really like the belnd of responsiveness - in comparison the OLCV felt muted.

BTW - when you say "longer rides" how long are we talking? I put 100 to 200 miles in the "longer ride" category - anything less and I can muddle through it.
Won't say best, butdzrider
Jan 15, 2002 2:20 PM
I ride a Jeff Lyon - 853 - frame. It climbs as well as my weight allows and I can sit on it and pedal all day long. I'm sure that you could find many other bikes that work as well. The most important factor is fit. If I feel well centered and balanced on the bike, I can ride it for hours with no discomfort regardless of the frame material. That being said, I ride rough roads on the steel that I avoided on aluminum. There is no best frame but there are some frames that will work better for you than others. Try 'em and see what you like.
Sure like my Atlantis w/700x35s and Brooks B-17 (nm)cory
Jan 15, 2002 2:29 PM