What are the technical differences between a monocoque frame and one with tubes and joints? How does performance change?
As a general premise on this subject, from the point of view of road use, we can say that a frame with tubes and joints, in our case the C64, is more rigid and precise, while a monocoque frame is “softer” and more comfortable.
The choice, in principle, should be made according to these basic considerations; the fewer dispersions there are, the more effective pedalling is, so greater rigidity helps to transmit all the thrust power to the wheels, as well as favouring an extremely “clean” ride; however, for the same reasons the cyclist could lose something in terms of comfort in the saddle.
Conversely, a “softer” frame provides greater comfort, as it better absorbs the stresses coming from the road.
Of course, the differences between one type and another are minimal in terms of absolute values, but keep in mind that cycling is an endurance sport, with a pedalling effort that repeats itself thousands of times, and even the small variables are felt in the long run.
Joints also make it possible to offer a wide choice of sizes and geometries and, if necessary, to create a made-to-measure frame. The construction method, with the cutting of the tubes to the desired length, does in fact allow utmost customization, exactly as was once the case with steel.
Monocoque frames, on the other hand, are made in a single piece using a mould. The end result is a strong, rigid and light frame, perfect for cyclists of all levels, from the amateur to the professional.
In this case, size is predefined, but it should be stressed that with our monocoque frames the customer still has 8 sizes to choose from and these are able to cater to virtually any need.