Comments on: Globike, a roundtail, and other links The blog about industrial design in the bike industry Sun, 01 Mar 2015 17:28:32 +0000 hourly 1 By: Lou Tortola Sat, 08 Jun 2013 01:31:07 +0000 RoundTail Update, Almost two years later… Many roundTails sold in a number of Countries.. Only addicted customers who give the bike rave reviews, they post videos like this on their own:

This is what happened at interbike, comments by bike people there who actually saw the bike and road it.

But after that:
Check out over 200 videos of real people seeing the real bike.. doing real rides..

Reviewed by Bicycling Magazine.

“It’s speedy and quite rigid-feeling, with responsive handling.”
On the road, it feels pretty good—more so than I expected. My first impression was that the ride feel was pretty “normal;” my subsequent impressions grew increasingly positive. The frame feels very stiff: zippy and efficient. It’s speedy and quite rigid-feeling, with responsive handling. On my initial ride I was even tempted to try out a local cyclocross course—it has that kind of ride, the kind that will tempt you into foolhardy behaviour.

Ask any one who has seen the bike up close or ridden the bike… It is here to stay:
The carbon frame rides like a dream.

I am very proud of my RoundTail design. My advice to would-be bike innovators… It can be a very mean world out there! There are so many people who too have invented bikes… Worked as hard as you have to launch things, risking everything they have to build a better world, and like most of them above here they know their stuff and they will quickly put you in your place. Listening to these voices may not give you a real push to help them ride the next innovation; the next M.T.B., then next Carbon bike, the next Electra, the next Roundtail. I for one can tell you, nevertheless it is all worth it, I am loving every minute of it. I ride a RoundTail, and could not imagine a world without one, the best thing now, many months after the launch, is that I am not the only one who feels this way. Ride the bike, see the bike, then please judge the bike. With thanks.

By: Jay Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:03:59 +0000 I can’t believe how many people criticise and denigrate this design without RIDING THE BIKE! If you read(and watch,on Youtube) comments by people who have ridden the bike they LOVE IT! I can’t wait to ride one.I think bikes need new ideas and this looks like a good one to me.

By: Mike Mon, 25 Apr 2011 23:24:28 +0000 Not sure why you believed this guy when he said he was a pro:

Seriously though, going forward you need Steve and not Lou doing PR. This post smells like vapor. And I’m sorry, but this design is ridiculous. Whoever settled on this rear cable routing path should not be allowed near a 5mm hex wrench, much less a CAD workstation. Bare cable rubbing against the inside of the tube is bad no matter what the tube is made of, though I also find it especially egregious that you spend so much time touting the merits of the design on your web site without clearly stating what material the bike is actually made of. Good luck gentlemen, you’re going to need it.

By: Lou Tortola Mon, 25 Apr 2011 19:59:39 +0000 You know, if I look at the bike from the angle of the thumbnail on this post I can see why some of you may think it is not attractive. That fact is… the bike in real life looks much better than this thumbnail. It looks more like what you see on the website: but even better in reality. And it rides like a dream.

It was exhibited in a room of 400 cyclists at an event recently, and the consensus was that the bike is super cool and a work of art. OK, as the designer I admit that I’m biased… But I am telling all of you that most people who see it in real life love it. I am very proud of the ROUNDTAIL. We did do F.E.A. analysis of the 1880 Swanbike, (we had to for our Patent application) and it does not compare in achieving the same results. Do come to Interbike and see it. I promise you, it will make a different impression on you in real life.

Check out other images at:

The people in San Diego who saw the bike and photographed it over and over were impressed. I take their reaction as a confirmation we “have a winner here” (and those are not my words, but words I heard a number of times…)

Lou Tortola
inventor of the ROUNDTAIL

PS: Here is what happened last Thursday: I was on a 50k ride on my own, with the very bike you see on the site. I could see at some distance ahead, a rider was in front of me. I chased him down and finally caught up, it was a professional road racer also out for a ride. When he saw my bike beside him, he yelled out: “What kind or pedals do you have on that?” To which I replied “Speedplay of course!”. He immediately stopped and got off his carbon fiber. bike and said “lets switch, I want to ride that bike”. Of course I complied, and as soon as the racer got on the ROUNDTAIL he sprinted away so fast that in an instant he was gone. I caught up to him at the next stop sign 1k or so away. He was waiting for me. “So what do you think?” he replied “wow! it rides great, fast response, good acceleration, great handling. I love it!”.

It is really easy to comment on things you see from a distance, good or bad. I can tell you from experience it takes a lot of hard work to think about something and create a reality of your vision and bring something new into this world to celebrate life and a sport you are passionate about.

By: Andrew Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:55:07 +0000 I appreciate the scientific approach, but I wonder if a more effective way to get 0.026″ (0.7 mm) of vertical compliance would be to go from 23C to 25C tires and let the pneumatic suspension take over.

By: Steve Boehmke Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:41:46 +0000 Hi Guys, Steve here from RoundTail… interesting comments, and thanks for your feedback… the truth is, rings are scientifically proven to be way more vertically resilient than a triangle of the same material. Go to our website and check out the Finite Element Analysis – – our frame soaks up a bunch of the edge off bumps and road vibration. Just wait ’till we make a 29’er mountain bike! That’s going to be a great application for the design. See you on the roads and trails…

By: Jack Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:13:04 +0000 The roundtail looks horrible, don’t think that’s a functional bike. The big frame looks just on the picture heavy like steel.
But i like the Globike.. simple and nice

By: Paul Wujek Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:47:03 +0000 Off hand, aside from agreeing with others on the inherent ugliness of the design, if the frame is compliant and not adjustable, then it must be tuned to the weight of the individual as built, otherwise it will be unridable for the majority of riders.

So all-in-all not a very good design.

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By: Impossibly Stupid Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:57:49 +0000 Uh, that’s exactly what I acknowledge when I point out that these designs aren’t specifically engineered for comfort. They are mere visual tweaks, and while the riding characteristics might change a little bit if you replace the lower triangle with a hoop, you might be able to get the same result by adding a much more simple suspension to the seat post.