the geometrical advantage (on a roadbike)

There is many parts you can do better on a bike. Improve aerodynamics like a Venge Vias. Improve the weight like my SuperSIX Evo I had:

You can improve the fit of your bike with a BGfit for example:

But a thing you can’t improve on a bike is the geometry. The last thing you can change and then you change bike.

Like the Trek Madone 6.2 I had last year:

It was superstiff and it felt really fast, really fast. The biggest downside with that bike was that I didn’t use it enough 😉 but also the toptube, it shouldn’t make any difference but I felt it was too low.

And yesterday after riding my Specialized Crux cyclocross on road and a bit fast it didn’t feel as good as a roadbike. Because of geometry.

My Crux feels faster than my old Cannondale SuperX but they are pretty similar in geometry except bb height, chainstay length and the fork. Small small changes that makes a difference.

Cannondale have their Synapse, Specialized got their Roubaix as the best example. They are a bit longer, not as racy as a SuperSIX Evo or a Tarmac. People may talk about weight but it doesn’t differ so much if anything. The big thing is geometry and the small changes that makes the complete feel of the bike differ.

I believe that brands that have been on the market for a while with great success makes bikes that handles better than brands that just put their sticker on a cheap frame from China. There isn’t from nothing people talk about the riding feel of riding a nice Colnago for example.

Have you ever thought about geometrical differences between frames before changing roadbike?

Why shave weight of your bike?

If you wonder why to shave weight of your bike, there is a great article about it here: Peloton

A light and stiff bike with great fit will always be fast, like my Cannondale SuperSIX Evo I had at just 5,65kg:

Which light bike is the best you’ve ridden?

New Ciamillo crankset

Mostly known for their brakes but having a crankset 6 years ago. Now they coming with a new one:

 

 

448 ±20g for crankset, spider and bottom bracket

BB30 but made a bit longer to use with normal outside cups

Still 149mm Q-factor and possibility to shorten it for just BB30

Customizable armlenghts and spidercolour.

Price: $1100 if you don’t preorder through Weight Weenies.

Will be interesting to see, if it’s hard to set up like their brakes or just fit and forget

Giant XTC Advanced SL praktexempel

För er som har eller tänkt köpa en fin Giant men inte riktigt vet hur ni ska bygga ihop den så ska jag visa er hur det bör se ut när det blir klart. Extrasgrilli har verkligen lyckats och även sett till de små detaljerna.

Kan väl ställa mig lite tveksam till sadelval och XTR istället för Sram X.0 men det är smaksak. Det jag fastnade mest för är skivbromsadaptern till bakoket:

Har ni någon gång sett en snyggare adapter? Hela cykeln väger in på 7,62kg vilket är en bit under min även om jag kör med lättare däck.