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Innovation or Abomination... U decide...(12 posts)

Innovation or Abomination... U decide...Akirasho
Oct 19, 2002 7:07 AM
We abide.

Remain In Light.

Be the bike.
This is not my beautiful bike (once in a lifetime,.....) nmrtyszko
Oct 19, 2002 7:22 AM
Pretty and unique,I like! Might look even better in person nmrwbadley
Oct 19, 2002 7:40 AM
Yuk! Nice color though.TREKY
Oct 19, 2002 8:29 AM
I'm thinking innovation.Spoke Wrench
Oct 19, 2002 8:43 AM
Although I've never owned a composite bike, I kind of think that's going to be the way of the future because they can be made very lightweight and can be tuned to be stiff in one plane and compliant in another.

I'm also interested in the bottom bracket mechanism. I wonder how much further derailleur gear systems can be developed. I kind of think that continuously variable transmissions with belt drives are in our future.
Oh, my eyes, my beautiful eyes....jw25
Oct 19, 2002 10:10 AM
IMHO, that's a nasty color on a nasty frame - I can see a few reasons to use a solid sheet design, mainly aerodynamics, but the weight penalty, even for carbon, would be serious, and the swept area would probably create more drag than airfoil tubes.
And I've never been a fan of bright yellow - I've got a custom-painted ITM Millennium stem, in bright Spectrum Yellow, just waiting for a dry, fairly warm day to be repainted matte black.
Yellow bikes go faster!!!TREKY
Oct 19, 2002 1:45 PM
Is that a bike or a moped? nmfbg111
Oct 19, 2002 11:35 AM
Yellow nightmare.DeRanger
Oct 19, 2002 3:30 PM
That is one garish bike.

As far as the design, I'm not in a position to really judge without more information. Could it be the wave of the future? Depends on a lot more than the picture.

But if that's the only color, I'll stick with trad tubing, thanks.

DeR
re: Innovation or Abomination... U decide...Inhighgear
Oct 19, 2002 5:22 PM
I could use a bike with a motor on it for sure. Where do i get one?
AbominationChainstay
Oct 20, 2002 11:42 AM
The design is innovative but inefficient. There is no way you can eliminate the chainstay and still have stiffness without a large weight penalty. It must be brutal on climbs.
Why do they even bother?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 20, 2002 3:45 PM
This bike isn't even remotely close to the UCI standard so why? There was an increase in these designs in the 90's but once the UCI standardized frame designed they died out. They are simply too costly to build on any scale that would make them the norm. I think Colnago has it right by taking the standard bicycle diamond frame and doing things like adding multiple downtubes and weird (but functional chainstay designs) that are still UCI legal.

My 2 cents,
Nick
PodiumBound.ca