68.5 HA, 74 SA, -25mm BB drop, 14.9" stays, 27.2mm seatpost, Supertherm front triangle
This geometry (steeper SA and lower BB) was designed for longer distance riding and has a lower BB for stability on dirt.
This tensioner position worked perfectly for SS but would likely be in the way of the chain on a 9 speed cassette ( in highest gear). I didn't have any problems lining the wheel up without the tensioners. The task is actually much easier than with horizontal dropouts due to the slider bolts that provide a little resistance. The ability to run a light-weight quick release hub (and not have it slip when cranking hard) is the biggest benefit that I see with this design.
The flat black is supposedly a base coat for some artwork. Hopefully that will make the frame stand out a little more.
Local ripper and photographer Rudy Rodriguez came out and took some photos tonight. I tried to make something cool happen out of a sketchy picnic table set-up only to earn a bruised sternum... at least he caught some cool angles on a downturn table. I am loving the 22:
Rudy himself from a few rides ago:
and a good shot from a month ago of me on the 26. thanks again Rudy!