MINIMAP | Chainstay Length
— Bottom Bracket Drop
— Conclusions |
• shorter chain stays are preferable — 420–430 mm for a gravel bike or 400–405 mm for a road one;
• the lower bottom bracket is better — but until the pedals start striking the ground; in that sense, goods things are: narrow q-factor, shorter crankarms, more compact pedals;
• a sloping top tube gives you a smaller standover height and a more flexy seatpost (or a room for a dropper); you can also sit lower in the supertuck position;
• if you have a progressive bike — consider putting a wider tyre up front so you avoid falling in high-speed corners; and never brake in a corner with the front brake (on any bike).