So much is said about comfort, but it’s not about gimmicks, elastomers, electronic suspension or sub-atomic vibration damping graphene-infused nano-particles. Comfort is about finding ways to ride further, for longer, while enjoying it.
That means first of all a comfortable geometry, something we worked hard at on our last generations of gravel bikes and have transferred back to the MIN.D. Our fit geometry is sportive (we still want to go fast) but with a realistic saddle-to-handlebar drop and reach. Our steering geometry is different from the traditional road bike standard, coupling agile handling to rock-solid stability.
Secondly, comfort means space for large road tires. Bad roads are one of the worst comfort killers, whether through cracks and potholes or simply through vibrations. Making your tires a tad larger is the most effective solution, with the added benefit of lower rolling resistance and better grip.
Finally, we create comfort through the frame, in particular the seattube/seatmast.
Continuous Seat Tube
The continuous seattube design is extremely small at 25mm diameter (30mm is normally the minimum if you want to fit in a 27.2mm seatpost). This change adds astonishing comfort to the frame. Removing the seatpost/seattube overlap at the toptube also means the seattube compliance continues uninterrupted.
Our own minimalist seattube top clamp is nearly invisible yet easily adjustable by 0-15mm and slip-proof. We even have our special MOCT saddle clamp (Measure Once Cut Twice) which is adjustable from 15-35mm. This also makes it much easier to resell your frame later on, although you probably never want to lose your MIN.D.
Read our Journal Post about the MIN.D.
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