europa wrote:The problem with road bikes isn't that the design has been perfected, it hasn't by a long chalk, but the UCI sets the racing rules and they've decreed that the bike shall have a diamond frame, drop handle bars and same sized wheels front and rear. Get rid of those contraints and we'd really see some interesting bikes but they won't because you then run the risk of the bike becomming a greater part of the equation than it is now (which is 9% rider, 1% bike and 90% doctor - is my cynicism showing?).
Well, I would have said 85% doctor.
Seriously then Richard, ignoring UCI rules. What would the designers give us as the ultimate roadie? I know they could be lighter than UCI regs right away, how else would they change? Oh yeah... saw on the track last Games a bike with the fork hinged? to the frame rather than through a headset, or was it the grog? What's the go with that?