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I'm Proud To Say I've Got Significantly More Than 1.5 inches(4 posts)

I'm Proud To Say I've Got Significantly More Than 1.5 inchesAkirasho
Oct 4, 2002 8:50 AM
... but enough about ME

...this trend is getting supporting data from the earlier hype with respect to off road use... wonder if it'll transcend to road (arguably, over the preceeding 7 years, the driving force in road bike innovation had been a trickle down from MTB... but since the bubble has burst...)??

http://velonews.com/tech/report/articles/3119.0.html

The structural argument is not as significant with road bikes, but does come into play when considering common manufacturing (that is, it's generally cheaper and easier to build one size fits all (or in the case of many compact frame builders, 3 sizes))... and we've already seen a trend in oversized bars and the stems to accept them...

http://www.onepointfivestandard.com/

We abide.

Remain In Light.
Can't agree...divve
Oct 4, 2002 9:24 AM
...with the conclusion of that article.

"Which all brings us back to the original question, "Is OnePointFive right for me?" For the weekend warrior, cross country racer or the die-hard epic journey rider the answer is clearly, "no." OnePointFive is design overkill for the everyday rider. It's the aggressive freerider who needs to consider whether a six-inch travel, single crown fork is right for them."

If the author would test ride a Cannondale XC bike he'll find how beautifully stiff the front is and how exceptional well it tracks. There's really no comparison to other light weight XC front ends. The Onepointfive standard not only opens the possibility to a larger steerer tube, but also different to designs, such as the Cannondale HeadShok Fatty or Lefty forks. The HeadShok designs have left the double stanchion set-up and combine unmatched stiffness and light weight into a single fork....admittedly I can't really see how it would benefit a road bike in the same way...
Boy are things slow around here. . .js5280
Oct 4, 2002 9:35 AM
It must be post Grand Tour depression.

Hmmm, 1.5 steerer tube on a road bike? That would be great! I'll broke three road frames already when I was using them for dirt jumping. Can't figure why they would make a frame so flimsy? I highly doubt we'll see much of 1.5 except for DH/Freeride/Jump riders. Unless for some reason quantities of scale or frame failure warranty costs warrant it in the MTB world. I don't think you'll see it on the road, but hey they did go from 1" to 1 1/8" Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
Just a thought...Andy M-S
Oct 4, 2002 10:16 AM
What about wind resistance? I know people who choose tiny tires so they can better cut the wind. And you're going to ask them to fatten up the headtube how much??