For those of you interested, here are the results of my little survey on STEEP VS SLACK, 650C VS 700C WHEELS:
TOTAL # OF VOTES: 23 (REMAINS TO BE SEEN IF THIS IS A LARGE ENOUGH SAMPLE SIZE)
STEEP, 650C BIKES: 60%
STEEP, 700C BIKES: 22%
SLACK, 650C BIKES: 4.5%
SLACK, 700C BIKES: 13.5%
I will not perform a statistical analysis, but I think we can see the trend here.
For those of you who were unsure of what steep or slack meant, this refers to the effective seat tube angle.
An angle of 76 or more degrees is considered steep, less than this, like a road bike with north american or european geometry, is
The reason i did this survey was to see if the triathlon community was following the industry marketing strategies, and the tendencies
of the pros to use the tricked out, 650c, steep bikes.
I just invested in a Softride Solo, which many of you know is 700c, but from what I have seen at races, wheel size doesn't determine
how well you cycle. This will be my first new, cool bike, and I am very e***d. I plan on doing Ironman distance races in a few
years, and I want to be comfortable, dammit! Anyway, my bike shop, Martin Swiss cycle and ski, has access to the discontinued
Solo line, so if you are in the Montreal area, and you are interested, please E-mail me for their phone #. (Yes, they are sponsoring me,
but I also think they are a bunch of cool guys who deserve a little recognition for a good job done).
See you at the races.