How much difference does a stiffer frame make to light rider as myself (123 lbs). What are the largest differences in frames that i would notice?
Presumably at 123 lb, you are fairly short, and therefore on a fairly small frame, which is automatically stiffer. However, frame stiffness is a personal preference, not a performance feature.flarefire said:How much difference does a stiffer frame make to light rider as myself (123 lbs). What are the largest differences in frames that i would notice?
A long time ago, one of my coaches used to address complaints about frame stiffness thus: "Delight in the chain rattling against the front derailleur. It's the audible expression of your manly strength and your drive to win."Peter P. said:All of today's bikes are stiff enough for practically ANY rider-steel, titanium, aluminum, or carbon. Stiffness is overrated. I weigh 130lbs. so I can relate. Trust me; if you're not winning sprints it isn't because the bike is flexy.
Hmm...interesting. Too stiff. What would be the results of having a frame that is too stiff?MR_GRUMPY said:Most frames in your size will be too stiff.
You'd probably be happy with an "old school" steel frame with a 1" dia top tube.
Correct. Sometimes -- rarely -- on a steep climb, I feel my wheels flex a bit, but not the frame. I think the tell-tale sign of frame flex would be chain rub at the front derailleur. I'm not sure, as I don't get it with my steel frames.brewster said:I think stiffness is overrated. In my humble opinion, the only ones who should be worried about frame stiffness, or lack thereof, are the guys who are 6' 5"/250lbs locomotives who are riding 62cm or larger frames. Think about how much a wheel is flexing under that weight in a sprint or climb....very much compared to a frame.