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4.5 centimeters difference...(3 posts)

4.5 centimeters difference...Ahimsa
Aug 23, 2002 12:05 PM the length of the chainstays. Otherwise, the two frames are nearly identical. Now I know what trail is and how it affects handling, but not so much with regard to chainstay length. What handling characteristics might one expect between two bikes with only this one change? (Excluding the obvious basic stability)



longer chainstays allow ....Spirito
Aug 23, 2002 1:34 PM
you to eat a falafel kebab and not spill any but its harder to pop the front for a wheelie.

this may not apply to you but a bike with longer chainstays makes it easier to handle if carrying a chick on the top tube home from the pub when drunk. nothing worse than spending a night in casualty instead of making moves to messrs. gaye and white.

longer chainstays can make it tougher (have to take off both wheels) to put a bike in a cab when you flat and didnt bring a pump or patch kit. the only time i dont carry a flat repair stuff is when i wizz out for an errand or to pick something up from downtown when its peak congestion on the subway - of course its the only time i flat.

re: 4.5 centimeters difference...cyclopathic
Aug 23, 2002 3:17 PM
the bike with longer chainstays will be ass friendly.
on regular road frame saddle's offset ~2" from rear axle; moving you 4.5cm forward will reduce shock by 50-100%.

With respect to handling bike is going to be slower, and possibly show some understeer