as a newbie to this forum, a budding young cyclist, and an engineering student, i am rather intrigued by the varying frame geometries going around and their 'claimed' structural advantages.
i donk know who pioneered it, but it appears giant along with a few others have taken the compact design under their wing and use it almost exclusively in all their bikes. if compact frames are as soo good, then why arent all bike manufacturers making their top of the line bikes in compact frames? and why didnt everyone figure this out decades ago?!
what do people mean when they talk about 'aggressive geometry' and 'relaxed geometry'?
and what geometry is best for handling, speed, acceleration, comfort, stiffness, strength/weight?
...and what do you prefer