Stick bike vs “Euro bend” seats

The handling issues I experienced when I recently reviewed the large Bacchetta Corsa 700C came as a real surprise. I expected it to be big, but if I wanted to stay in riding position through stop-start traffic, I could only just get the tip of my shoe to the ground.

Gaucho seat height
Despite full-size 700C wheels, the Gaucho has no handling issues

On paper, the Corsa doesn’t sound that much higher than the Nazca Gaucho but the reality is that the latter has no handling issues at all, with flat shoe to the ground at leisure.

When a small difference makes a big impact

The handling issues I experienced when I recently reviewed the large Bacchetta Corsa 700C came as a real surprise. I expected it to be big, but if I wanted to stay in riding position through stop-start traffic, I could only just get the tip of my shoe to the ground.

Corsa seat height

I’m just over average height for a man in this country, at 5’10”. When I measure my x-seam I get just under 43″ which is probably pretty average too (population-wide x-seam records are not yet collated by the Office for National Statistics).

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Stick bike vs “Euro bend” chainline

Did you know that the swoopy-framed Challenge Furai has a straighter chain than the Bacchetta Corsa? A searing exposé…

Received wisdom not just trivial, but wrong

One of the perpetual selling points of of the ‘stick bike’ highracer is that it has a straighter, more efficient chainline than a bendy European frame. When reviewing the 700C Bacchetta Corsa recently, I made the observation that it seemed to have a more twisted chain than the Nazca Fuego, based on my side-on comparison shots.

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