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 Post subject: downhill position?
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:24 am 
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wich is the fastest downhill position??

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This would be the safer, faster position:

hands near in the middle of the bars, elbows in, chin near stem, knees in toward top tube, feet near 3 and 9 o'clock.

Of course you would need to switch the position when coming into a turn.


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stella-azzurra wrote:
This would be the safer, faster position:

hands near in the middle of the bars, elbows in, chin near stem, knees in toward top tube, feet near 3 and 9 o'clock.

Of course you would need to switch the position when coming into a turn.


I agree, although overall, i would be in the drops all the time so i wouldn't need to change position for braking. I also can get wayyyyyy lower in the drops.


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it's not only about how low you can go, but also about reducing frontal area, which is nice in stella-azzura's position. with a bit of practice, you can easily change hands from the middle of the bar to the drops while keeping the exact same position with your upper body and head. for more aerodynamics you can sit on your toptube for longer parts between corners. looking down would be even more aerodynamic with a normal road helmet, but that's dangerous as hell and that's just for races when you know that the roads are free from other traffic(but then again this "horrific crash-thread"shows that you never know...)


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Position of the body is one thing, position of the stem and bars is another that enhances the first - I have found and most will agree that the front end of the bike is much more stable when descending at speed when the stem is set low - it gets your center of gravity down and puts some extra weight over the front wheel.


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Have you seen Ignatiev in stage 17. of this year's Giro? That was a fast position (but very dangerous!).
He was basically "seating" 1 cm above the rear wheel, a little pothole and... :shock:


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Mine, its fast, no one can stay with me when I assume the position, on my local roads I can corner also.
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frenk wrote:
Have you seen Ignatiev in stage 17. of this year's Giro? That was a fast position (but very dangerous!).
He was basically "seating" 1 cm above the rear wheel, a little pothole and... :shock:


.and them it's Miss Ignatiev. RAI was warning people not to try this.
If you try this, wear a CF jock cup. STARBIKE must sell them.

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stella-azzurra wrote:
. . . feet near 3 and 9 o'clock.

There's another thread about this somewhere, but I think the windtunnel testing said 10 and 4 was better (or is it 2 and 8?).

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Grab as much weight as you can at the top of the hill :wink: My buddy outweighs me by 15lbs. I really have to work to keep up with him on a good descent, no matter what position.


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