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Location: Paoli, Wisconsin
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Even if made by different companies, the basic frame elements are going to be similar. They are going to use a "compact geometry" that employs a sloping downtube. This design enables a wider fit range for each size. That is, they can make just a few sizes, say 15", 17.5", 20", and 22", which will fit pretty much everyone. Sometimes they get by with just 3 sizes. Makes inventorying much easier.
The frames are actually different if you look at them and their specs closely. To me the Giant Cypress and Specialized Carmel look quite different. They have very different riding geometries too, where the Cypress is more of a traditional seating position and the Carmel (and Trek Navigator) is much more relaxed. They should feel very different to you when you switch between them.
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