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?

Il Lombardia

Today I sent this beauty away for storage and to become the 2nd roadbike in my life. It won’t be used as much as before but it’s too good to sell and loose money on:

My Allez is the bike I’ve ridden most of all bikes I’ve had. It’s the bike I can jump on and feel like home and be able to ride for 7h without a thought. It’s been to Belgium, France, Denmark, Norway and many places in Sweden. It’s been used for more than 6500km. It has been awesome and I hope it will bring me many kilometers more when I’m around Jönköping visiting my dad and friends.

But I’ve tried better bikes and next years bike will be better and hopefully go even further bringing more smiles to my and others lifes. A bike that handles as good as Vincenzo Nibali’s bike did on todays Il Lombardia. Watch the last 17,5km here and enjoy the great action:

Tobias Ludvigsson @ Giro d’Italia

What a stage today. It’s very fun to see someone you know ride Giro d’Italia, but to see someone you know, in his second season at Pro Tour and first Grand Tour step up and show everyone that he’s dangerous is something else. Today Tobias Ludvigsson was in a breakaway and it held, for some riders. Tobias fought well but hard in the end, ended 4th and did an awesome stage! Love it and like he talked about the last times I met him: ”Living the dream”.

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Results by the man himself and last picture by Eskil Laago. If you in some way missed it like I almost did when the connection in church wasn’t the best you can see some good and bad (Kessiakoff crashed) highlights: