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Questions concerning the angles, tube lengths, and other measurements of the bike frame.

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Evaluating hybrid bike geometries

I am planning to buy a hybrid bike and have been evaluating a few geometries. Merida Speeder 100 Juliet 2018 Cannondale Quick 5 Disc Women's 2018 Marin Terra Linda 2 2019 Trek Zektor 2 2018 ...
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Stack measurement help

I'm trying to determine where I fit on the Cannondale Slate geometry because it doesn't seem they use top-tube actual or seat tube, but rather they're using the Stack? I see a great sale on a 56cm ...
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Can I replace my fork with a longer one increasing the axle-crown length by 30mm?

Can I increase my axle to crown by 3cm? I am aware this is 1cm more than the recommended amount of change, however my frame is quite overbuilt and sturdy. I know that there are more threads about this ...
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Run 26" wheels on a 29er

I recently bought an 13.5 Trek Cali for my daughter (9 years old). I got an incredible deal on it and bought it sight unseen from an out of town seller. After getting it, I realized it had 29" ...
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27.5 fork bars in 29 fork lower leg

I have a 27.5 fork Fox 32 Evolution 140mm and I want to know if is possible put that stanchions in a 29 fork Fox 32 lower legs with same damper, only swapping lower legs and convert to less travel, ...
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tall bike build

Hi everyone just a silly question. I have built a tall bike which is a wee project at the moment. I live in a hilly area in Scotland and having gone down a hill at 25 mpg (40 km/h) on the beast. I ...
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Relation formula between fork length change to headtube angle and bottom bracket height

As we know, changing the fork length will change bike geometry a bit. For example, increasing fork travel by 10 cm will make the headangle slacker and raise the bottom bracket. I consider to increase ...
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Mino quick link geometry adjustment, what can I do with it?

My 2017 Trek Fuel EX 5 has a Mino quick link in the rear triangle, but I don't understand what position I should put it in. Could somebody explain what purpose each position is best suited for, e.g., ...
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Desirable maximum steering angle

Zero means going straight, 90+ degrees is probably impossible. So what is the maximum steering angle needed to ride safely?
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Can I use my Endurance bike for my first race?

I recently got into road cycling, my first and only bike purchase has been a Scott endurance bike. Now that I am getting more and more comfortable on a road bike, a couple of guys I group ride with, ...
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How differently will two bikes handle that have 1 degree difference in their head tube angle? [duplicate]

I am looking to buy a new mountain bike and comparing two models with different head tube angles. How big of difference does 1 degree of slackness make? Would an intermediate rider be able to feel ...
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Bottom Bracket Height

I am just wondering if BB height from the ground is the same for all bikes or for all mountain bikes, all road bikes, etc? Or does every brand have its own design for that dimension?
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Fork trail vs chainstay length in steering

Is fork trail or chainstay length is a bigger determinant in the overall steering of the bike? Consider an arbitrary frame that I think is steers too slowly. I'm going to rebuild it because I want a ...
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25 degree rise stem vs 6 degree rise stem with taller head tube - how is handling affected?

All, I’m shopping for a new road bike with endurance geometry (more upright position and shorter top tube), 9mm drop saddle-to-bars. I’ve had a Guru fit done by a professional fitter. The main ...
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Are there geometrical differences between framesets optimised for flats vs drops, other than top tube length?

Question background: I am on the cusp of buying a 'do it all' bike for commuting and light touring. The bike i'm looking at (Genesis Croix de Fer 2015 model) comes with drop handlebars. I would like ...
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Where should pedals be located?

I've noticed that while riding, whether uphill, downhill, or on a flat, if I move my body to the front of the saddle to where the pedals are behind me, pedaling is much easier. I'm not sure if it's my ...
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Understanding the bike geometry through riding [closed]

Though this question has been asked a lot of times, and there are very good answers out there, all the answers talk about the effect of individual parameters in isolation. That is, they take trail, ...
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Front wheel lifting on climbs on my Mountain Bike

I've got a full suspension XC/AM 29er mountain bike (Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Pro). I'm running a size small frame with an 80mm stem with about 7 degree rise. Bike seems like a good fit for me. I do run the ...
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Finding Geometry Information for Vintage Frames

I'm thinking about buying a vintage ('80s or '90s) frame for a 650b conversion. In my dreams I'm hoping to find a big frame (60+ cm) with long chain stays that was built for center pull or side pull ...
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Can I swap a 29er fork inplace of a 27.5 if I maintain close to the same axle to crown length?

I am looking for some verification of thought process. I have come across a nearly new lower level Diamonmdback 27.5" hardtail MTB. The issue is the front 100mm fork is broken. Doing some online ...
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What effect does seat tube angle have?

I know that head tube angle affect steering, but does seat tube angle affect maneuvering somehow? As long as I compare a few models, they are between 72 and 74 degrees, and greater the frame smaller ...
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Geometry measurement, from where to where

I'm looking at http://www.specialized.com/ca/en/bikes/road/tarmac/tarmac-comp#geometry and would like to know what "Seat-Tube Angle" means. For say the 56, I would assume that angle is like this ...
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I sit real far back on my saddle

Asked this on diaspora, but was urged to come here, so, here's my question: I tend to slide BACK on my saddle really far, to the point where my sit bones are very near to the edge. If I try to scoot ...
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Is the head angle on full suspension bikes given with or without sag?

Is the head angle on a full suspension mountain bike measured with our without sag? I would imagine that the rear shock sagging would give a slacker head angle than what is measured without sag.
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What is the difference between a horizontal top tube and a sloped one?

Some comparable bicycles have a crossbar (top tube) that's horizontal: Windsor http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/images/will_2100.jpg Others have one that's sloped: What are the reasons ...
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Can a 120mm fork be mounted on Specialized Myka?

I have this fork available: RST Gila T8 (120mm travel option). The 80mm XCT fork on a 2-year old Specialized Myka is getting worn. I am considering installing the fork. Here it is explained that ...
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Lower vs. Taller Bottom Bracket Height

The bottom bracket height on some bikes can be adjusted 7.0mm by flipping a "chip" in the shock mount linkage. This also effects head tube angle by 0.5 degrees. Theoretically speaking, What are the ...
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Why don't race bikes have solid front triangles?

I know that cutting material out makes a bike lighter, but at some point there must be a crossover between weight and aerodynamics. Since tri-bikes and track bikes have more oval/flat shaped tubes, ...
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How does the geometry of cross bikes affect on-road handling?

I'm planning on getting a cyclocross bike for commuting because my road bike is suboptimal for riding in rain and snow. A bike shop employee told me that cross bikes have worse geometry for riding on ...
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S shaped down tube (MTB)

Are there any advantages of S shaped down tubes over the traditional ones on MTB? For example: what do you think of this design? Jamis Exile Comp 2013
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How does a chainstay length affect a mountain bike performance? (wrt: 26", 650B, 29r)

The trade offs for 26" through to 29" with respect to rolling resistance, contact patch, obstacle rollover, etc... have been well discussed. However, it occurs to me that as the rear wheel gets larger ...
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Bicycle Geometry 101?

Are there any resources or books that discuss bicycle geometry? I am looking for resources that would allow to get a rough idea of how relaxed or aggressive a particular bicycle geometry is, by ...
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Are flat handlebars stable at high speed?

I live in a mountainous area, and so there are lots of opportunities for descending at high speed. I currently have a bike with drop bars, and when in the drops, I feel very stable doing this. I am ...
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If I replaced the fork on my cyclocross bike with a track fork, what would be the effect on the bike geometry?

If I replaced the fork on my cyclocross bike, surly cross check, with a track fork, what would be the effect on the bike geometry? What would be the effect of the modified geometry on bike handling. ...
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Is there much of a difference between flatland and park/street frames?

I am a newbie at biking, and I've been wanting to get into BMX for a few years, and I can now since I actually have some money. Primarily I've been wanting a 20" BMX bike with front and rear brakes ...
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Touching the front wheel with my foot when turning

My girlfriend got a new city bike today and she touches the front wheel every time she has to make a hard turn. Is there anyway to avoid this besides replacing the whole bike? LATER EDIT: I think I ...
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Geometry between 50mm stem and a 65mm stem and riding experience

Will I notice much difference beside just having a slightly longer cockpit between my seat and fork if I upgrade from a 50mm to a 65 mm stem? is this 15mm a significant enough adjustment to make my ...
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What effect does head tube angle have on a bicycle?

My girlfriend and I are looking at a new bike for her. The one we're looking at has a 70 degree head tube angle while her current bike has a 70.5 degree head tube angle. Unfortunately, none of the ...
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How to choose between a race bike like a Madone and a classics bike like a Domane

I ride regularly for exercise in New York City but do not race. I currently ride on a steel frame that handles the rough roads easily. I want to buy a carbon bike and am torn between a "classics" bike ...
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How to stop foot clipping front mudguard

My feet overlap the pedal and clip the front mudguard when I'm turning at a low speed because I have to turn the handlebars wider than normal. My foot doesn't clip the wheel when the mudguard is not ...
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What would be the “definitive” formula to calculate chainstay length from sprocket size, chainring size and number of chain links?

Before I started to write this answer, I thoroughly read this question, its answers and comments: How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth? So, my question tries to ...
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What should I look for in a mountain bike for doing BMX-style balancing tricks?

When I was a kid I started learning to ride around on my back wheel and it was really difficult. Then I tried doing it on a crappy CCM mountain bike we had (rather than my nice Gary Fisher Piranha) ...
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Low Top Tube Xtracycle Donor Frame?

One of my most useful bicycles is my 58cm 700c Xtracycle based on a Novara Xpresso cyclocross style frame. Lately, as the kids are getting bigger and my back isn't getting any younger: I crave a much ...
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What benefits does a tapered head tube afford?

I've just read a review of Tom Zirbel's Jamis Xenith SL on Bike Radar and flicking through the pictures there is one of the head tube with the following caption: Tom Zirbel's (Jamis Sutter Home) ...
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Bike fitting experiences

I just recently went through a Specialized BG Pro-Fit (was about $200), and have to say that I'm super happy with the results and experience. The fitter was telling me about some others out there ...
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Explaining the effects of frame geometries

I asked about buying a bike here, and someone asked on my behalf about test-riding a bike before buying. My question is, what should I know, or should have known, about the sizing or 'geometry' of a ...
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How to find a frame given a geometry

In 2007, I bought my first bike: a Bianchi Boardwalk 2006. It was a great bike, but I didn't treat it well and it now needs about $300 worth of work. I've been thinking that maybe I'd like to take ...
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Does inseam of pants convert to stand over height of a bike?

If I know my jeans size, for instance 32", 32", can I convert this into an estimate for standover height on a bike?
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How is stem length (reach) measured?

How is the length of a stem measured? Where does the measurement start and finish?