I'm looking at a new race bike. My trusty Lemond Poprad is a fine bike, but I want something new and I want to have some disc brakes. Because of this, I've been looking at several race bikes. I've got connections with 2 different shops, and I can get a good deal at either. This pretty much means I'll be buying a Specialized (Crux Apex Disc) or Felt (F65X). The Specialized has BB7 brakes instead of the Felt's BB5's, but the Felt is owned by a better friend and I'll probably get a better deal from him than I would on the Specialized.
The sizing geometry on the bikes are similar (although the Felt is slightly better for me in this regard), but there is one standout dimensional difference. The Crux has a BB drop of 71mm, which from what I can find is the same as my Poprad. The Felt has a BB drop of 65mm, which is meant to be a fairly significant difference. Now, I know that the Euro approach is a very high BB, like a drop of only 60mm or so on Ridley. What I don't know is how this will effect my riding.
I race in Southern California. Mud clearance is pretty much a non-issue. I'm not nearly fast enough to bunny hop barriers. Those are 2 things that are supposedly positives of a higher BB. The other biggie is that it reduces the possibility of a pedal strike. I do this all the time on my Poprad, so this would be a good thing. The lower BB supposedly gives better handling characteristics. A lot of our courses are very tight, so what is the give-take of the better handling-fewer pedal strikes equation?
I started out racing a hard-tailed mountain bike and then went to my Poprad. I really have no idea what these BB drop changes would feel like to ride, and a spin around the bike store parking lot isn't going to tell me much. I'm sure I'd have to actually ride it in anger to notice it. So for you guys (flargle) that have experience with bike geometry, could you fill me in on what I should expect?