Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Motobecane Immortal, Van Dessel Gin & Trombones, Rawland Stag, Bianchi SASS
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race frames with lower bottom bracket
I know that a higher BB is the norm for cross bikes. But there are often times in a race, especially on dicey off camber turns or sloppy uphill remounts that I wish I had the reach for a quick foot plant to stabalize myself. Yeah, I know I should just work on my technique and bike handling, but coupled with my short legs and long torso (East Asian genes), the height becomes a little more pronounced when riding a frame fitted for top-tube length.
Check out this article: CXmag geometry article
I know the Van Dessel bikes have a BB drop of 7cm similar to road geometry. Are there any other brands following this trend?
Some brands list BB height instead of BB drop. I'm not sure how to translate the two to make them comparable to each other. BBH seems to be variable depending on tire selection and/or there's not enough additional info to even bother with my rusty trigonometry skills.