Long And Low – Meaning?

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  • Premier Icon chakaping
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    Long wheelbase, low BB height?

    I take it to mean this.

    robinlaidlaw
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    Long wheelbase will usually imply a long top tube too as very few designers deliberately go for long chainstays, so both of the options for long but primarily the low BB for the low part.

    toys19
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    I think it means long wheel base for stability, low headtube for keeping COG down.

    But I could be wrong.
    I derive this from:
    With slack head tubes you get longer wheelbases, whilst keeping top tube short/reasonable.
    Everyone is going for low stack height as they have shorter stems and wider bars. This allows you to move weight fore and aft in a short cockpit very quickly, ie without big body movements.
    If you imagine a looong cockpit, then you are stretched out like the mtb’s of the 80’s and 90’s and to get weight transfer fore and aft takes a fair bit of body movement.

    (This of course could all be bollocks, but it’s just what I think)

    Premier Icon curiousyellow
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    How long is considered long then?

    I_Ache
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    I always think of it a long and low top tube with a low BB.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    As a “for instance” example my old Cham and my new Privee Shan have more or less the same TT ( effective) length, and chain stay length, however the Shan has a lower BB ( by about an inch) and a shorter and slacker HT ( from 68′ to 66′ ) means the Shan is about an inch longer in the front centre but with a wheel base that’s only 1/2 inch longer over all, so much more stable when descending but still not ungainly in the tight stuff

    I_Ache
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    With slack head tubes you get longer wheelbases, whilst keeping top tube short/reasonable.
    Everyone is going for low stack height as they have shorter stems and wider bars. This allows you to move weight fore and aft in a short cockpit very quickly, ie without big body movements.
    If you imagine a looong cockpit, then you are stretched out like the mtb’s of the 80’s and 90’s and to get weight transfer fore and aft takes a fair bit of body movement.

    Short top tubes are great if you have a short torso but some of us a need long top tubes so we don’t end up with a 120mm stem.

    toys19
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    iache, are you casting aspersions on my midget genes? 😆

    I_Ache
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    Ha, I actually deleted some piss taking about short arses as I didn’t want to seem aggressive. 🙂

    Premier Icon curiousyellow
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    I see this being tossed around in a lot of bike articles. Do they mean:

    – Long effective top tube, low standover?
    – Long wheelbase, low BB height?
    – A different combination of the above?
    – Something completely different?

    Premier Icon curiousyellow
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    @nickc any pictures of your Privee Shan mate?

    catvet
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    Long wheel base, low bottom bracket.
    in fact longer cockpit bikes are considered to give a better weight balance on to the tyre contact patches without having to move around the bike too much, rather than dramatic weight shifts a sorter cockpit requires, upsetting rear end grip or front end turn in grip, contrary to popular belief.
    Rachel Atherton rides a GT DH bike that is longer than Quinn’s specialized DH bike.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Curious, there are a few on here of it recently built up, would add them to this thread, but can’t get access to flicker (blocked)

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