Rather than using a traditional double triangle design, the Roundtail’s seattube, seatstays and chainstays are replaced with a pair of large rings which are said to give the bike a more comfortable ride, without being flexy. The bike is handbuilt by American frame builder Paul Taylor using Italian steel for the front ‘triangle’ and chromoly rings in the back. This is a serious project and, for more info, you might want to checkout this youtube video.
While the builder is American, the designer is a Canadian Italian. Which I just can’t wrap my mind around. I thought Italians were all about design. More likely, I picture the Italians up-chucking their pasta when they see campy parts on this ugly frame. Really, when it looks that bad, who cares what it actually rides like? Why don’t some builders get it that bike building is art and function? Then again, what do I know about design anyways. I also think that the Pinarello, with it’s asymmetrical frame and wavey forks and seat stays, looks like a wet noodle. Yet the Pinarello Prince was awarded Bike of the Year by Cycling Italy, no less, for two years in a row. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.