Compact frames

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  1. Paul J

    Paul J New Member

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    What constitutes a compact or semi compact frame?
     
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  2. rek

    rek New Member

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    The top tube isn't parallel to the ground; instead it slopes downards a bit. I think the difference between "semi-compact" and "compact" is how extreme the sloping is.

    Compact Frame:
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    Traditional Frame:
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    I'm not convinced that one is clearly "better" than the other ... apart from aesthetics, the main issues that I see are that a compact frame allows you more standover height room (which may be good if you are short, or oddly proportioned), but you might not be able to use a full-size drink bottle in the seat tube-mounted bottle holder.
     
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