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What component spec would you most like to see stadardized?(7 posts)

What component spec would you most like to see stadardized?Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 16, 2002 8:50 AM
Seatpost obviously comes to mind, but the one that always bugs me is the 25.4 mtb bar diameter. It seems like whenever I want to swap a stem, I get buggered up for this reason. At least 1/1.125 can be easily shimmed.

Seatpost has to be the runaway favorite...TJeanloz
Sep 16, 2002 8:56 AM
Standardizing seatpost sizes would be the best next thing. With stems and handlebars, we are really down to only a couple: 25.4 (MTB); 26.0 (most RB); and 31.8 (OS RB). Seatposts still come in an array of at least 10 sizes. Shims are even less effective on seatposts than they are on stems, because of the weight they need to hold.

After seatposts, I'd like to see (in this order):
Rear-hub spline patterns
Front derailluer clamps
Bottom brackets, both spline and thread
Headsets (though 1 1/8 is getting to standard)

Are there any others?
I dunno about roadie
Sep 17, 2002 9:15 AM
I suppose they could do away with a lot of intermediate sizes, but I would not want to give up my 34mm seatpost on my dual suspension "free ride" MTB. On the other hand, that's just pointless aero drag on a road bike.

I think if you standardize seatposts, your basically standardizing seat tubes, which framebuilders aren't gonna like. Its kinda like saying they should standardize spokes- not gonna happen! Besides, its not all that hard for manufacturers to take a well designed a seat clap and slap it on various size tubes, anyhow...
Threading. Although it's gotten better in recent years........Dave Hickey
Sep 16, 2002 9:06 AM
I have a lot of older French bikes and the threading drives me crazy. It's hard to upgrade/swap parts when my bikes have British, French, Swiss, and Italian threads.
Shoe / cleat drilling pattern (nm)OffTheBack
Sep 16, 2002 11:32 AM
so manyDougSloan
Sep 16, 2002 12:12 PM
Seatposts, bottom brackets, chains, cogset spacing and number, stems and steerers, handlebar diameter, cleats and pedals...

Hard to say which is most important. More than one bottom bracket is pretty stupid, as there is no good reason for it. At least with some others, there are valid reasons.

Why does Colnago use different water bottle mount screw sizes than anyone else? This is goofy.

Standardization is good, but limits experimentation and improvement, I suppose.

Sep 17, 2002 9:37 AM
think of all the $ we could save!