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Old 10-20-2005, 11:10 AM
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list of comfort / sport geometry frames

I'm thinking of a new frame designed around a more upright position but still a fast machine.

Here is the list I've got so far, any other would be appreciated.

-Fierte
-Specialized Roubaix
-Trek Pilot
-Gunnar Sport
-Custom of course (Strong, Curtlo, Desalvo top of list)

thanks
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Old 10-20-2005, 11:45 AM
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That pretty much describes all the Rivendell models, and the Tournesol customs as well.
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Old 10-20-2005, 11:46 AM
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Rivendell Rambouillet
Rivendell Romulus/Redwood
Rivendell Saluki (650B)
Rivendell/QBP Bleriot (650B, not yet available)
Kogswell (is it the model P?)

all of the above are lugged steel
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Old 10-20-2005, 12:16 PM
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Double Post.

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Old 10-20-2005, 12:20 PM
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Giant OCR Models.

Kind of in the middle but the Titus Modena uses a traditional headset that gives it about a 20mm taller headtube than the Trek and Specialized race bikes. Additionally it has 415 chainstays which are 5-8mm longer than most race bikes. This gives you a bike between the newer comfort models and the "traditional" race geometry bikes.

Keep in mind when looking at headtube lengths that you need to add 20-25mm to an integrated headtube to end up with the same length as a traditional press in headset. (Headset stack for integrated is approx 8mm, stack for a traditional press in is appox 30mm).
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Old 10-20-2005, 01:22 PM
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I'm thinking for myself a Riv Saluki. It just makes sense for me, as more and more of my riding is down pretty country <dirt> roads. I'll never give up my pure road bikes, because, their fun. But to just go out and meander, go anywhere and not worry about skinny tires, thin spokes, etc. Again, it just makes sense.
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Old 10-20-2005, 01:32 PM
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Giant OCR Models.

Kind of in the middle but the Titus Modena uses a
Thanks for this suggestion, I quite like the look of this one.
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Old 10-20-2005, 01:44 PM
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I'm thinking of a new frame designed around a more upright position but still a fast machine.

Here is the list I've got so far, any other would be appreciated.

-Fierte
-Specialized Roubaix
-Trek Pilot
-Gunnar Sport
-Custom of course (Strong, Curtlo, Desalvo top of list)

thanks
bro do the Fierte i.m.h.o. cheers
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Old 10-20-2005, 02:17 PM
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Litespeed Veneto - discontinued in '05, but NOS still available. Definitely meets your criteria.

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Old 10-20-2005, 03:54 PM
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-Fierte
-Specialized Roubaix
- CIII (yes you can still get it BUT name might be different.) CUSTOM

Advantage of "custom fit" is that you can have it exactly the way you want for the type ride.

Another suggestion is to get sized by a good fitter and than compare the specs to the bikes/frames you are considering,

PETE
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Old 10-20-2005, 03:55 PM
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I'm thinking of a new frame designed around a more upright position but still a fast machine.

Here is the list I've got so far, any other would be appreciated.

-Fierte
-Specialized Roubaix
-Trek Pilot
-Gunnar Sport
-Custom of course (Strong, Curtlo, Desalvo top of list)

thanks
I'd add the Cannondale Synapse to the list. I liked it more than the Roubaix, and any other 'mainstream' full carbon bike I've ridden. But not as much as the Fierte.

I didn't find the Fierte to be particularly "upright", but I sure did love how it felt and handled!
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Old 10-20-2005, 06:14 PM
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Merlin Solis

Hello Tom Kellog,

Can't tell you how many times I've thought that the Solis is the off the rack ti comfort bike of choice. Maybe the only one along with the Veneto. I've considered it many times, but just can't get past the aesthetics of the integrated headset. So many nice design touches on that bike, but the bulbous headtube completely blows it for me. I bet it rides really great too.
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Old 10-20-2005, 06:50 PM
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-Fierte
-Specialized Roubaix
- CIII (yes you can still get it BUT name might be different.) CUSTOM

Advantage of "custom fit" is that you can have it exactly the way you want for the type ride.

Another suggestion is to get sized by a good fitter and than compare the specs to the bikes/frames you are considering,

PETE
Actually that's why I am looking. My current custom lugged steed now has this fugly stem that is longer and high rise. Don't like the look.
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Old 10-20-2005, 07:13 PM
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Try a sloping top tube and tell the fitter you do not want one of those short stems that races toward the sky. I agree that they present a less than stellar (fugly) picture. I have seen many of them and can only assume that the customer or builder did not like the sloping top tube solution. With threadless you have only two solutions - - One the stem or Two the sloping TT. There are no other options to get you in the more upright position.

I am not a fitter but it you put a drawing on paper you have to raise the front end to get the bars higher. This is done via (STEM), (TT slope)

- - or a very high parallel to the ground TT - which could be somewhat uncomfortable if you had to get off bike in a hurry.

Pete
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Old 10-20-2005, 09:21 PM
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I'd add the Cannondale Synapse to the list. I liked it more than the Roubaix, and any other 'mainstream' full carbon bike I've ridden. But not as much as the Fierte.

I didn't find the Fierte to be particularly "upright", but I sure did love how it felt and handled!
I'll have to disagree on this one. The HT on the Synapse is the same size as on the CAAD8. The frame may be geared a bit more for comfort but it's still race bike geometry and one could easily race the Synapse.The Roubaix OTOH definitley brings a larger HT into play for more upright riding.
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