Posts Tagged standover height

Speedhound vs. Big Brand

We recently received an e-mail from a rider interested in a single-speed belt-drive bike.  He had seen a Speedhound ONLY ONE frameset at a dealer and was stoked that it was made in Minneapolis.  Still, he was wondering why he should buy a Speedhound over a Big Brand factory bike.  He asked “What more am I getting if I spend double on a Speedhound?”  Here’s my word-for-word reply:

Hi XXXX,

Thanks for your interest in Speedhound Bikes.  You ask a great question, and we’re delighted to compare the Speedhound ONLY ONE to the Big Brand.  Here’s why we think the ONLY ONE is a great value compared to the Big Brand:

1.  We chose True Temper OX Platinum and Verus steel for our frame and fork for its resilient ride and toughness.  The Big Brand has an aluminum frame and fork.  Aluminum frames, and especially forks, are generally rigid and harsh.  The Speedhound has that steel “twang.”

2.  The ONLY ONE has the Speedhound Dropout System, which gives you the choice of track-style or vertical derailleur dropouts.  (You get both sets, so you can switch out anytime.)  Our design also lets you vary the spacing of the dropouts for different rear axle lengths.  The Big Brand has fixed vertical dropouts spaced at 130 mm.  It uses a concentric bottom bracket to adjust belt tension.

3.  The ONLY ONE is a really flexible platform.  You can set it up with derailleur gearing if you want.  The Big Brand doesn’t give you that option.  The ONLY ONE lets you run 700X32 tires with fenders.

4.  Because the ONLY ONE is sold as a frameset, you get to choose exactly the components you want.  (That’s a lot of fun right there.)  You get to pick crank and stem length, and your favorite saddle and style of handlebars. You’re not buying a cheap saddle and pedals you’ll want to replace. The bike will be uniquely yours.

5.  The Big Brand comes with the first generation Gates belt and cogs.  Your ONLY ONE could be built out with the new CenterTrack system, and you’d get exactly the ratio you want, not a stock ratio.

6.  The ONLY ONE gives you the option to use caliper brakes, cantilever brakes or V-brakes.  The Big Brand allows only calipers.

7.  You have eight color choices with the ONLY ONE.  The Big Brand comes in one color.

8.  The ONLY ONE is handmade in Mpls!  Most Big Brands are from China or Taiwan (not sure about the Big Brand you’re looking at, they don’t say on their website).

9.  With a Speedhound, you get the cachet of a boutique bike, not a mass-produced product out of a box.

Let me know if you’d like more info on the Speedhound ONLY ONE.  It’s a great riding bike.

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The ONLY ONE is Short for Its Size

Many factors go into proper bike fit, but one thing is certain – you want to be able to comfortably clear the top tube with both feet flat on the ground!  The distance from the top of the top tube to the ground is the standover height of a bike.  Bike frame sizes are generally expressed as the length of the seat tube, but you can’t assume that two 56 cm bikes will have the same standover height.  A 56 cm frame measured “center-to-center” will be taller than a 56 cm frame measured “center-to-top.”  In addition to seat tube length, other variables that affect a bike’s standover height include bottom bracket drop, slope of the top tube, seat tube angle and the size of the tires.

At Speedhound, we measure frame size from the center of the bottom bracket shell to the top of the seat collar.  The ONLY ONE seat tube extends 30 mm above the top tube, which has a 3.9 degree upslope.  We also use a relatively low bottom bracket (75 mm drop), because we like what it does for stability and handling.  This all adds up to a standover height that is low for the stated frame size.  For example, our 51 cm frame has a standover height of 74.8 cm (29.4 inches), which is lower than the standover of some frames that are sold as 46 cm!  So you could say the ONLY ONE is short for its size.

Speedhound ONLY ONE Standover Height Chart

Frame Size (cm) Standover Height (cm/inches)

51                                                            74.8/29.4

54                                                            77.4/30.5

56                                                            79.2/31.2

58                                                            81.1/31.9

61                                                            83.9/33.0

These standover heights are based on a 700 X 23 tire.  For a 700 X 35 tire, add 0.7 cm (0.28 inches).

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