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Briareos 12-27-06 07:33 AM

Older Style GT Frames
 
I have a GT Strike frame from the late 90's, and it has the hallmark GT seatstays where they extend past the seat-tube and end on the top-tube. Why did they do this? Is there some sort of benefit, besides looking cool? I'm guessing it has something to do with stiffness...

Example:http://www.geocities.com/bikelinks/images/roadbik2.jpg

MichaelW 12-27-06 09:58 AM

It is copied from the 1950s Thanet Silverlight and is supposed to add stiffness.

Nessism 12-27-06 11:09 AM

The rear stays were marketing driven since it gave the frames a unique look.

gm1230126 01-14-07 12:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Briareos
I have a GT Strike frame from the late 90's, and it has the hallmark GT seatstays where they extend past the seat-tube and end on the top-tube. Why did they do this? Is there some sort of benefit, besides looking cool? I'm guessing it has something to do with stiffness...

Example:http://www.geocities.com/bikelinks/images/roadbik2.jpg

What GT calls their "Triple Triangle" frame is a design that's been around since 1923. In bikedom it's actually known as the "hellenic frame type" named after Fred Hellens.


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