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Mercier Kilo TT geometry for velodrome?
Does a Kilo TT have true track geometry? Does one run an extra risk of pedal strike if they use 170 cranks on the 53 cm sized bike? I need something for my local velodrome and I don't want to make any stupid newbie mistake here.
Sorry that nobody replies to any threads around here. Yeah, the Mecier has a good geometry for track racing, it's not a sprint geometry,a nd it's not a pursuit bike. It's set up more as an all-rounder than anything.
However, after racing a few times, I think you should consider some new componentry, like a light tubular wheelset, new cranks and new bars since the ones on it suck.
Recently finished building a used Kilo frame & have raced it a couple'a times at the DLV in Atl. Only problem I've found with it is a distinct lack of HORSEPOWER!!! I'm thinking of rigging up a sail for it... or maybe a grappling hook.
"Track Geometry" as it is generally understood by marketing types, is generally just a few numbers and has little to do with what actually works.
(i.e. 74-75 degree angles square, minimized chainstay length and fork offset, minimally short head-tube, etc.)
Different tracks, with different lengths and bankings are optimized for different bikes and the "true track geometry" stuff pretty much only applies to a select few board tracks in Germany and Belgium.
Most American tracks, as few as there are, are longer and have shallower banking. In these instances, slacker angles and a longer wheelbase aren't a significant hindrance.
The Kilo TT's geometry is just fine for track racing. Just upgrade the wheels and the cranks.
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I'm training / racing on my KHS (rebranded Kilo TT) frame. It works fine. Can't really complain... although I liked the way my Anchor rode the walls better. I'm just gonna use it for training though once the Concept is complete...