- Dialled Bikes PA 29
Yep it’s a 30.9 seat post. My eyes need re-calibrated.
Normal BB shell = one where you are not forced to use a plastic one that fails in Scotland prematurely. This lets you select your own system. We like this.
Chainstays, no idea. Useless measurement taken on its own so best let Mike publish the geo tables in due course.Posted 5 years ago
The thing is, it’s not like anyone is making bendy bikes with normal style shells.
Sure, the manufacturers keep making out that there is tons more stiffness but is it really noticeable in every day use? Hard to say when there is ‘control’ sample to test against.
And this stiffness seems to come at the expense of practical everyday function like BB’s that last more than 3 months. No use having a stiff bike if the BB doesn’t go round.Posted 5 years ago
I like the dropouts, but beyond the looks (I appreciate other dropouts might look prettier), they actually have a practical purpose. They do away with needed to weld disc mounts to the seat stay and the reinforcing brace between the SS and CS on the brake side (which I don’t like the look of). Never had a CS or a SS crack/break due to breaking forces (which I’ve seen happen on other frames), so the fugly dropouts seem to be doing their job.Posted 5 years ago
the fugly dropouts seem to be doing their job
Fair enough Mike – function over fashion is the way it should be.
While we are asking questions I have another: is there a functional reason why the seat stays join the seat tube above the top tube junction rather than in line with it? Or is it just a visual thing? Seems like quite a few bikes seem to have that style these days.Posted 5 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
is there a functional reason why the seat stays join the seat tube above the top tube junction rather than in line with it? Or is it just a visual thing? Seems like quite a few bikes seem to have that style these days.
Its something I’ve never been keen on. I’m sure it is strong enough, but it doesn’t look right from a load-distribution point of view.
increased standover whilst still keeping a nice big (and stiff) rear triangle,
hmmm, how much increase in standover? half an inch? Solved by wearing tighter pants.Posted 5 years ago
I think the seat stays higher than top tube concept originated in Canada and were dubbed “Bomber style stays”.
On my frames they’re only about 19mm higher, but I’ve seem them higher on other frames. Only real functional/practical advantage is that the welds aren’t as close together as they would be if the TT and SS were at the same level. Nothing to do with how the frame rides or handles.Posted 5 years agoadrianmurrayMember
Good question; I’m 6’2″ and the biggest Alpine is a bit small for my liking… I’m running a Love/Hate at the minute with 100mm stem and a setback post…. wouldn’t want any less reach even for the different riding style of an Alpine. Figure a 650b “hardcore hard tail” would be spot on for folks my size.Posted 5 years ago
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