Frame geometry

Tonymufc Posts: 1,016
edited November 2010 in Road buying advice
What are the benefits when choosing a sloping or horizontal frame? Is one more racier than the other? Is one a more relaxed set up?
A new winter bike will soon be on the cards so I'm currently looking at Ribbles bikebuilder.

Cheers Tony.


  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Sloping toptube makes no difference to how the bike handles - the ones that matter are the headtube and seatube angles and the distance between them i.e. toptube dimension- horizontal or virtual.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • maddog 2
    maddog 2 Posts: 8,114
    what MD said

    aesthetics, more standover height and length of seatpost showing therefore more flex. That's all. Nowt to do with handling/steering.
    Facts are meaningless, you can use facts to prove anything that's remotely true! - Homer
  • Tonymufc
    Tonymufc Posts: 1,016
    Is it purely cosmetic?
  • Tonymufc
    Tonymufc Posts: 1,016
    Tonymufc wrote:
    Is it purely cosmetic?

    Ignore that, we must have been posting at the same time.
  • Some might say that you get a stiffer frame when the top tube joins the seat tube lower down. Stiffer in the bb/drive area.