What makes a good-climbing frame?
Was hit by a car two weeks ago. My old C'Dale CAD3 is toast. Since then I've been taking my C'Dale hybrid on longer road rides. This thing is a tank; I think it must weigh 30+ pounds, but I'm guessing.
Yesterday, I started riding with my friend's Simonetti: a steel frame with DuraAce 9sp gruppo. Without being able to compare them side-by-side, I think the Simonetti is heavier than my CAD3 (it's also 3 cm bigger than the CAD3, and yes it's therefore terribly uncomfortable).
Now to the point. On climbs, the Simonetti seems to just carry me up the hill. I always thought that all things being equal, the lighter the bike, the easier the climbing. But that doesn't seem to apply here. Is geometry a factor, such as head-tube angle? Or is it just because I'm used to the stupid hybrid? I wasn't really considering a steel frame when it comes time to replace my CAD3, but the way this thing seems to climb ...