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Differences/Similarities between crit and touring bikes(3 posts)

Differences/Similarities between crit and touring bikesKristin
Jun 21, 2002 11:21 AM
They are both road bikes. But I'm curious. What are the differences in weight, geometry, sizing, feel of the road...??
re: Differences/Similarities between crit and touring bikesNo_sprint
Jun 21, 2002 11:42 AM
I'll give it a quick go. There will be others who'll have must better responses. Both my crit bikes have tight wheelbases, little fork rake and shortish chainstays. Touring bikes from what I know will be just the opposite. The critters are set up short for tight handling, tight steering with no regard to overall ride smoothness. One of my crit bikes has such steerability that it scares me to take my hands off the bars. Typically, with critters, most go with the shortest crank possible for the riders size. Critters are set up as light and as stiff as humanly possible. When on a .5 mile course with 4 turns and 25 total laps, there is a tremendous amount of accelerating going on. A sluggish frame/fork/wheel setup would be a huge disadvantage. It's a start for ya!
Touring vs CritMcAndrus
Jun 21, 2002 12:15 PM
As no_sprint says, a crit bike is built for speed, not for comfort. A crit bike will have a shorter wheelbase and steeper head tube for faster turning, it will have shorter chainstays for quicker acceleration, and a higher bottom bracket to reduce the chance of clipping a pedal on the pavement in a corner.

A touring bike - a good one anyhow - is sheer comfort. Touring bikes have little concern with speed, have longer wheelbases for more stability, slacker headtubes for slower steering (important with paniers on the front), and longer chainstays.

A crit bike can beat you up on a medium-distance ride, a touring bike can be liking sitting in an arm chair all day long.