Old 11-14-15, 06:13 PM
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I've never known the "dead" feel to have been defined, at least not to any universally-held standard.

Many frames feel heavy. To some extent, that can be due to geometry.

Certain marques/models of frames have a distinctive lively steering feel that allows low steering effort and also translates to a balanced feel while climbing out of the saddle. A 1977 Masi Gran Criterium has a steering feel that, once acclimated to, might leave other frames to feeling, for lack of a better term, "dead".

A 1973 PX10, with very steep angles, might leave a 1972 PX10 feeling "dead". Same tubing, same country, but the '72 has touring geometry and the '73 has criterium geometry.
But others might ascribe different characteristics as resulting in what they consider a "dead" feel.
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