Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes: 1984 Trek 520; 1990s Peugeot (Canadian-made) rigid mountain bike; 2007 Bike Friday NWT; misc others
Hi all. I don't know about all of you, but I can't get a fix on what "relaxed geometry" actually means.
Is it about body position? Most bikes, of all ilks, seem to have about a 73 degree seat tube angle which means they all put your butt in approximately the same position relative to your feet (subject to you tweaking the seat position on its rails). The only other factor affecting body position is handlebar placement...ie long or short top tube and/or stem, steerer height, stem angle. So if your handlbars are low or far forward you lean more forward and perhaps stretch your arms. If your handlbars are close or high you can sit a bit more upright.
So does relaxed geometry refer to those factors that affect handlebar position?
Or does it refer to things that affect bike handling like steerer angle, trail, rake, wheelbase, chainstay length etc? Anyone understand and can explain the concept? A search was not helpful. Thanks