We don’t do too many straight top-tubed bikes.
But it makes some sense for the taller riders. It weighs a little less than by beloved bent top tubes, and if you’re not hurting for standover clearance on a 29″er, why not?
Mark’s bike is fast and steady… his bike uses a longer head tube to eliminate the need for a stack of spacers under the stem. A lot of production 29″ers use very short head tubes, in an effort to mimic the old school cross-country racer philosophy of low cockpits. I take a different opinion here, and prefer slightly higher bars, especially for endurance rides. In Mark’s case, the longer head tube also affords more weld area for a stiffer front end- all the while using a lightweight tubeset. Neat, huh?
Tight miters. Yum.
I dig what the Smoke Black powder does to the heat affected zone on the weld bead…