i saw a bike at a show the other day, that had a top tube that was sloped downward. the geometry on this bike looked amazing. it wasn't really extreme... it was just really nice. is there an name for this? i'm really interested in getting a frame like that. it was a fukkin' beautiful machine.
Assuming the top tube was sloping down toward the back, that's generally called "compact geometry". Different manufacturers use different slopes, but they all pretty much call it the same thing. Out of the big guys, I'd say Giant and Specialized have the most obvious displays of compact geometry, and it's present on all of their top end road bikes.
top one! that one in particular is really nice. the one at the show had 700c wheels front and back tho, so maybe the fork wasn't original...
that doesn't make sense. if it was designed for a 650c front and had a 700 fork and wheel it would look all raked and the top tube wouldn't slope. guess it was just a big bike that used the fact that you don't need a 10" headtube to slope the top tube and get the rider lower. so something like 59cm frame with the headtube of a 53cm one. maybe.
There are plenty of sloping frames with equal-sized wheels. See adamkell's Yamaguchi or the KHS Aero Track. It's necessary to be UCI legal. (I can't find any exception to the same-diameter clause for pursuits or time trials, but perhaps I'm just mistaken.)
allez fuji tracku nishiki TT GT KHS arrow Miner 29'er CIOCC Corsair and now a f*cking awesome waterford skeet velo
hot damn! yer all killin' me with these pics!
LBS called a cpl days back to let me know that they straightened out the damage to my Nishiki frame. Awwwwwwyeah people, another pursuit-style ride will soon be back rockin those NYC streets...sporting a 650 instead of 24 in the front, if I can find one.