Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
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BG - Thanks for the response. That helps me understand. When I add the fork length (K) with head tube length (C), my Merckx is the same as your BLT with the 56 cm top tube, which would be comparable in size. My Merckx has a 57 cm top tube, but a slacker seat tube angle (72.5) so it would fit about the same across the top.
For comparison, here are the fork and head tube lengths for my road bikes, compared with the BLT:
- Merckx Corsa, 38.0 fork, 15.0 head
- Bob Jackson World Tour, 39.5 fork, 14.0 head
- De Bernardi SL, 38.0 fork, 16.0 head
- BLT, 41.0 fork, 12.0 head
They all total about 43-44 cm combined fork and head tube lengths. Ironically, the De Bernardi has the longest combined length and it also has the most racing geometry with steep angles (74), short chain stays, etc.
My general comments about short head tubes still stand, however. It seems that almost every cyclist I see nowadays has a riser stem and lots of spacers. I rarely ever see cyclist with level (73) stem and few spacers, particularly for bikes designed for commuting and touring. So why not just design bikes with taller head tubes in general? It's very easy for a cyclist to achieve more drop using a 73 stem, no spacers, etc., but options are much more limited for cyclists who want to raise their bars higher -- unless they can afford to go the custom route. End of rant.
By the way, your new BLT looks great. The price is incredible considering that it includes frame, fork, headset and stem. It is great to see someone offering more options for affordable touring bikes. I ordered my Bob Jackson from England because I couldn't find anything comparable in the US except the Surly LHT, and I'm a sucker for lugged frames and old-school styling.
Last edited by tarwheel; 05-13-09 at 06:28 PM.