THE MISSION: BUILD BETTER BIKES FOR SMALLER HUMANS.
For many it’s a problem they thought they had to live with. Finding the right position on the bike as a shorter person can be a real challenge with success being uncertain.
We teamed up with MarksWalter and set sail to find the solution to this problem. And we found it. Project Compact geometries offer the best base to find your perfect position on the bike.
Using steeper seat angles and zero offset seat post makes it possible for smaller riders to sit less stretched on the bike without shortening the reach or the need to ride a very short stem as this negatively affects the handling characteristics.
This position is also better from an aerodynamic point of view.
Biomechanically a more compact position on the bike enables the rider to upright the pelvis and use their hips and leg muscles more efficient. A problem taller riders don’t have as bikes are proportionally shorter for them anyway.
PROJECT COMPACT TEST TEAM
Starting a project like this you need a good team of experienced riders who you can rely on and who can give detailed feedback on what a bike feels like. Being well connected MarksWalter brought in a Dream Team of international riders who rode and raced the Project Compact prototypes for thousands of kilometers in all kinds of conditions and terrains. Here are four of them.
“Finally a stock geometry I can get down with! No more fantasizing about how I wish I could combine the stock geometry of most brands XS and S frames. I always wanted the top tube length of XS frames but the head tubes of the S frames. The Project Compact from Bastian Marks & Standert really does meet those needs without having to go custom."
Adam Masters, USA
Photo by Benedict Campbell
"Watching the progress from the initial idea, to riding this bike has completely changed my view on bike geometry. When you ride the bike you just simply know and feel the difference. For me what’s been the best change is that I find myself being on top of my bottom bracket to produce power instead of floating somewhere behind and the shorter top tube gives me greater steering capabilities.”
Ayse van Laethem, Belgium
Photo by Lukas von Monkiewitsch
"Sitting more in front of your bike allows you to use the bigger musclegroups in the backside of your legs and the back - and it makes you more aerodynamic. So why not ride a Project Compact geometry with 1,78m body height?
When I heard about the idea I knew that I needed to ride one of these bikes. The theoretical knowledge about the position was confirmed in the first moment."
Pete Rumpf, Germany
Photo by Lukas von Monkiewitsch
"I've been riding a more forward position fit on the bike for the past 2 years, but to have a frame geometry designed specifically around that positioning has changed my perspective on road bike design forever. Every time I jump on the Kreissäge it brings a smile to my face, the bike is beautifully balanced with unparalleled stability and lightning fast handling that inspires confidence on high speed descents."
Mason Hender, Australia
Photo by Ben Lehner
WHAT'S NEW? SOME INSIGHTS INTO PROJECT COMPACT.
Steeper seat angles make the rider sit further inside the reach, like that more weight is on the front wheel and the center of gravity is shifted to the center of the bike.
With this more relaxed posture it’s easier to ride in the hoods and the drops.
Very short head tubes force a lot of riders to use spacers under their stems. Our longer head tubes don’t. If there’s a need to get lower in the front you can still pick a negative stem. The longer head tube also gives the bike a much better balanced look. Plus the steeper steering angle gives stability in corners and fast downhills.
A lower bottom bracket and shorter chainstays improve the handling and make the smaller bike even more agile. As smaller cyclists are recommended to ride shorter cranks anyway the lower bottom bracket does not affect pedalling through corners.
Check out geometries and all other details of the new Project Compact sizes: