PaulRivers said:Hey Blackhat, I know it's tough getting teased by the other 4th graders about your bike every day, but I promise once you get to ride with the big boys no one will care.
Interesting take. Aesthetic preferences aside, a 'compact' bike WILL NOT be stiffer as a result of being a compact. If that had any way to be true, they'd make the main triangle just big enough to clear the FD. Now, there is nominally less material in a compact, and if they took some of that extra material to add other places, it might be stiffer as a result.Biker Bear said:If you're a non-racer then it's really not going to make a dime's worth of difference when it comes to performance. Many cyclists including myself do find compact frames to be stiffer and fit better than traditional frames. I would choose the one that looks better to you. For me, compact frames just looks sleeker and contemporary and sporty while traditional frames look like boxy sedans. But that's just me.
My Colnago C50 was traditional as IMO it's a classic and looks silly in any other forum, but my 2008 Wilier Le Roi is sloping. It's not compact like the Cento.Biker Bear said:For me, compact frames just looks sleeker and contemporary and sporty while traditional frames look like boxy sedans. But that's just me.