Wanna know why all the headtubes are so short? Brant makes some sort of design reason nowadays but the original reason was that he forgot to change the headtube lengths when he made the different frame sizes and never bothered changing it.
Wrong end of stick there.
The original original 853 inbreds (Singlespeed only) all had the same length head tube as it was only the 2nd frame Dave and I had designed.
They were all 90mm long. It was a cock up.
Current models, well, they are clearly all different lengths/longer on bigger models. (90/90/105/120 on the S,M,L,XL 456 for instance, and 90, 115, 115, 125 on the 456 Evo)
Short? Why? Why not make them short so people with shorter fork steerers can fit them. Lower top tubes. Want bars higher? Use a higher stem or some spacers?
As an aside, it does make me giggle when people say a custom bike should have no spacers - why drag the top tube into your knackers to eliminate spacers. Anyhow.
PS: Robdob, I'm sorry you and your brother have had so many issues, and we've not delivered what you'd hoped. Your feedback has been taken on board, though I appreciate that sounds like you're description of us "using you as testers". All customer experiences are fed back and considered to develop any successful product (I think).