The endurance road bike! A bike that fits in your life that is comfortable but road worthy at the same time. Take it on a long distance ride or enjoy some ease on a not-so-comfort road. An endurance bike will take you on your long road rides, make a quick commute, fit in for a group ride and so much more. The geometry of the endurance bike provides not only comfort but stability too. Speak with our store staff to see if this bike is right for you!
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The endurance road bike has increased in popularity as riders look for more comfort when tackling poor road surfaces and adverse weather conditions. Although they look similar on the surface, there are subtle changes to the makeup of the bikes in this category; wider tires, more upright riding position, powerful disc brakes and shorter top tubes are all common features that distinguish endurance road bikes. They typically attract riders who want to spend long days in the saddle without feeling every bump and vibration from the road at the end of the day.
HEAD TUBE LENGHT
One of the crucial identifiers of endurance bike geometry is looking at the head tube length. A longer head tube results in a more natural upright riding position, ideal for rides where speed isn’t essential. The longer head tube also helps in dampening vibrations from the road, as there is more frame material between your handlebars and the ground, therefore it is a common trait on endurance road bikes.
HEAD TUBE ANGLE
A classic race bike design has a head tube close to 73 degrees, which makes the bike more responsive as a steeper head angle makes the steering faster. This small change in the angle results in the bike having more stability and control under steering, compared to ‘twitchier’ racing bikes. When it comes to endurance, it’s all about control over long periods of time rather than short sharp blasts.
FORK & RAKE TRAIL
By affecting the head tube angle, this knocks on to the ‘rake’ of the fork (also known as offset, which is the difference between the center of the wheel and the center of the steering axis) and the trail (the difference between the steerer axis and where the wheel contacts the ground). More trail provides increased stability at higher speeds.
CHAIN STAY LENGTH
Another critical measurement is the chainstay length. Shorter chainstays are common on race bikes, as it improves the acceleration and climbing ability, whereas longer chainstays are perfect for bikes that need better tire clearance and the ability to mount fenders – an essential for any endurance road bike.