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Your Opinion re: direction of Compact design in marketplace(5 posts)

Your Opinion re: direction of Compact design in marketplacemerckxman
Dec 31, 2003 4:16 PM
Do you think that compact (sloping top tube) frame design is losing ground, will remain status quo, or will gain in the marketplace in 2004?

Happy New Year to all, and thanks for all the great info that appeared in 2003.
gain nmbsdc
Dec 31, 2003 5:03 PM
my opinion is..Arnold Zefal
Dec 31, 2003 5:10 PM
I don't care as long as I can get customs built the way I want, and there's plenty of perfectly good old frames around with level top tubes. As far as the "real" market (non retro grouch style mongers) is concearned who knows? The compact frame will probably rule the roost until something new (foward slope, rear steer, fly by wire,????) comes along to convince out of shape riders it's just what they need to stay in the hunt. Anyway, been drinkin' already and I'm a sentimental slob. Long live level top tubes, wool jerseys, and 32H rims. Happy new year.
UCISteve Bailey
Dec 31, 2003 6:44 PM
It will probably be around a few years, morphing into a non-seat tube design, until the UCI decides "enough advanced technology" and cancels the whole concept with "top tubes must be level, seat tubes must be level and there must be teo of each - fork blades, seat stays and chainstays".

Not that I like them at any rate, can't see any real advantages for the avg. rider.

Steve B.
re: Your Opinion re: direction of Compact design in marketplaceRadicalRonPruitt
Jan 1, 2004 5:34 AM
How can you say losing ground when you see that most of the major European frame manufactuers have followed suit. God Bless Mike Burrows! God bless my marriage to Gayle!