HUMP DIESEL wrote:A good article here on this very same thing, in terms of a Colnago. Notice how the person talks about how each bike fit him, but the one rode better and worked better.
That article has been out several years now. I have a few colnagos in the same sizes he uses: 54, 53, 52 cm. Two are c40's and one is a master. All points of contact are the same on all 3.
They are all traditional geometry.
The only difference to note aside from the size is the weight.
The steel frame is heavier and it feels different in the first few rides.
But after a few rides your body adapts into using the frame and the difference (weight, handling) you felt at the beginning is gone.
That is if everything is fitted correctly.
Here is the crux of the matter:
Michael R. Rabe and Colin McMahon were already in excellent form, but I was not fit. When I arrived I put in a 300 mile week and the effects were telling. I came back thinking the Colnago Dream was a bit too stiff for my liking. The truth was I jumped in too quickly. I didn't have my "seat" and I was doing a huge week on a new bike. Under these circumstances no bike would have felt good.