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I'm looking for a new road bike, and was wondering how the geometry plays into the overall experience of the bike. Can someone please provide information on how to read geometry specs? Differences between a more comfortable/upright riding position vs. a more aggressive race geometry?

I'm currently looking at an 06 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 2
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/C...del-6SA2T.html

vs. comparable 07 model felts, and a basic 08 Jamis Ventura Sport.

How does geometry between these bikes influence its ride?
 

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Creakyknees said:
short answer: don't worry about the geometry spec's.

just ride the bikes, pick the one you like best.

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After visiting pretty much all the LBS's in the area.. I'd have to say that's the best advice to take with me. I'm just gonna keep a steady budget and buy the one I love most :) Thanks!
 

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Chainstay length is a factor-shorter is like racing geometry, longer is comfortable. TT bikes, racing frames have shorter chanstays, put the wheel closer under the seat for an aggressive ride. A long chainstay length, a longer wheelbase- makes a smoother, easier ride. Thats my concept, I'm certain someone else knows better anyways:D
 
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