I weigh 165. I was on what was supposedly a 54, but had to have been a bit longer. My wager is 55 or so effective TT. I felt the flex most in out of the saddle climbing, but it was more pronounced when I was 235lbs as a former weightlifter on a noodly 2008 Specialized and it tracked fairly poor in corners.
Of the no name frames I rode, this was actually the best, for whatever that's worth.
I'm sorta confused. This is the best frame you rode out of all the open mold Chinese frame you were asked to test? But it was terrible?
For reference, what are the best few frames you've ridden, in your opinion?
Yup, all of the frames weren't great. The company was exploring using a new manufacturer and Hong Fu was one. They stayed with their current company.
Best overall really depends. I haven't ridden a 2013 Madone, any Wiliers, any Z1/2/3 Parlee, or any new Colnagos. Nor any custom steel. I really like the BMC line (Team Machine is really comfortable, yet snappy and the Race Machine is a seriously snappy bitch), the Dogma was absurdly stiff (but ugly IMO), the SL4 was fairly balanced all around, the Time RXR was pretty snappy feeling, and I actually liked the SuperSix Evo. To be honest almost all of the top end bikes are pretty damn good these days with slight nuances. For a while it seemed like brands had a tough time balancing stiffness with comfort and there was often a disconnect between bb/chain stay stiffness and overall stiffness taking the front triangle into account. It seems like most companies have figured this out to a degree since 2011, but where the generic bikes still lag.
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