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compact road frames good/bad?(7 posts)

compact road frames good/bad?templecat
Oct 17, 2001 7:14 AM
I see a lot of new frames in a compact (sloping top tube) size. Sure the bike is presumably stiffer & lighter (Seven's compact comes in under 2 lbs, so does litespeed's).
But is there a downside to the design? Harsher ride? Problems from longer seatpost?
re: neithercyclopathic
Oct 17, 2001 8:01 AM
they just different

downside? maybe fitting in some cases.
Longer seatpost is no concern look at MTBs

and yes stiffer frames have harsher ride good call ;)
re: neithervanzutas
Oct 17, 2001 8:31 AM
I have no experience with compact frames but my MTB has a long seatpost and I bent the original one then got a new one that was supposed to be reinforced so it could have a lot of extension. The new one bent the first day I had it. I weigh 185 so I am a little heavier than average but I am no Behemoth.

re: compact road frames good/bad?MJ
Oct 17, 2001 8:04 AM

has some stuff on small frames v what are perceived to be large frames - be warned they're not speaking from a racers point of view
ugly would be a better wordtarwheel
Oct 17, 2001 11:09 AM
Sorry, compact lovers, but they just don't look like road bikes to me, although sloping tubes don't bother me in mtn bikes. I have seen one compact road frame that looked pretty sharp to me -- a Cinelli Starship. I am a self-confessed retro-grouch, however, with a steel frame w/ chrome lugs.
No problems heregrandemamou
Oct 17, 2001 5:39 PM
I have an 01 Bianchi EV2. It handles great feels like I'm riding a go cart. I just love tossing it around corners. My other two "normal" bikes feel much slower handling. I don't find the ride harsh at all.

It's not as radicly sloping as some there are more sizes than small,medium and large offered by many compnies.
Oct 19, 2001 2:28 AM
I second that; I generally prefer the smaller frames for whippier handling. Combined with the longer stem (to get the same fit, but mildly slows the handling) I get a nimble-but-not-nervous feel that really takes the drama away from ridiculous speeds, particularly in mountainbiking. Right now I figure all my future bikes will be done this way. The slightly lower top tube is a minor plus, though not a huge deal in road biking.