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Bontrager, KOPs - Just What Is It?

February 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 195

Bontrager gets PhysicalJust what is KOPs? In order to understand exactly what KOPs is, you first have to forget everything you have ever known about how to ride a bicycle. That is what Bontrager did. The man that has built his entire life, an extremely successful business and an empire in two wheel bike parts and components, essentially had to reteach himself how to 'properly ride a bicycle'. KOPs, simply stands for, "Knee Over Pedal Spindle". This is the exact position the riders knee should be in on a downward push motion while pedalling up a hill.

The whole theory behind an expert bicycle frame developer essentially dropping the basis to all his work over the years and trying a new method to an old rule is complex on paper, yet simple to really understand. For years, the entire racing bike frame design, has been based on the riders position in the seat, the angle his or her shoulders and neck would be during a full, all out, pedal push, as well as the position of the knees, back, etc. What is found and employed in all bicycle frame construction is simple, put the rider's rear, knees, shoulders, back and arms in a position that will acquire the best optimal speed during a race, taking into account the full aerodynamic benefits to this positioning.

Bontrager redesigns the thinking behind overall speed Countless races have been won and countless bike frames have been sold over the decades upon decades of bike racing and manufacturing of frames. The time and effort, along with the physics and physiological testing and development of more ways to improve the aerodynamics of the bike, then when there could be no more improvements to the bike, designers worked on the riders aerodynamics in the seat to optimize full benefit of the aerodynamics of a time trial run. So with this in mind, that is how bike makers set out to make market and develop bikes.

Then Bontrager had an epiphany. How the rider felt during all the twisting and turning of his or her body while trying to maximize peak performance to get the best possible aerodynamics to go faster. After carefully looking at the riders during a race, he realized, they looked uncomfortable. So he thought to himself, how much time was lost after a few minutes as the rider began to fatigue because of their position on the bike? The answer was a lot.

After Bontrager began redesigning frames, taking comfort into consideration along with the riders KOPs position, what he found was that during a long distance race, the rider that was built for aerodynamic speed, tired out faster and lost much more speed overall than the riders on the Bontrager frames that were much more comfortable. Those riders maintained their overall speed more consistently, therefore those riders were finishing more and more of the races with lower ETAs and faster lap times. Bontrager basically figured out that in order to go faster on a bike, the makers had to forget how to ride one.

Author Claire Andrews recommends choosing Bontrager for the best bike products.

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