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Crit bike geometrySlacker7
Aug 18, 2003 9:55 AM
I have been training for and racing time trials for the past 3yrs or so and am thinking about getting into criterium racing next season. Right now I own a steel Lemond (Shimano 105) which is a dream to ride, but does not really 'explode" when I put the hammer down and is a bit on the heavy side (~22 lbs). I was wondering if I would benefit more from a 'crit geometry' bike. I have heard that the Cannondales and Kleins are built up to be a bit more responsive is this true? Or is really not about the bike and I should just go do some more sprint work and save my money for upgrades on the lemond?
Your bike is fineLC
Aug 18, 2003 2:48 PM
I have seen plenty of steel Lemonds in crits and they did not seem to suffer anymore than anyone else.

Older Cannys have a slightly higher BB so you can pedal thru corners, however they "fixed" that with the CAAD 7. Everything is a trade off though since a lower BB will corner better when not pedaling. I have never really seen the bike make any difference in a crit, with maybe the exception of those guys trying to use down tube shifters in a pack.