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 behavior.
AZUREMAGAZINE.COM | Mar 2013
The bike frame gets a revamp with RoundTail, an all new ride that is better at absorbing bumps on the road.
With few exceptions, the diamond-shaped bike frame has dominated since the early 20th century. But a couple of years ago, an aching back from cycling hundreds of miles got entrepreneur Lou Tortola of Windsor, Ontario, thinkingabout changing the design to make it more comfortable.
BICISPORT | Jan 2013
Si tratta di un brevetto dell'italocanadese Lou Tortola il telaio RoundTail. Rispetto al classico triangolo, la particolare forma consente alla bicicletta de assorbire 60 volte di più le vibrazioni provenienti dal terreno, fermo restando delle geometrie tradizionali a livello di assetto. Questo particolare disegna è disponibile anche per mountain bike e ibride da cicloturismo.
Il Quotidiano del Molise | Attualità - Published Nov 9, 2012
Italian DNA: ce I'ha davvero il Dna italiano una delle pirù rivoluzionare bici che si siano mai viste in cirolazione, perché è stata inventata da proprio da un italiano, anzi da un molisano che con il suo nuovo brevetto - se consì possiamo chiamarlo - sta spopolando in mezzo mondo.
POPSCI | Gadgets - Posted Aug 16, 2011
Shock waves travel in straight lines, so when most bikes hit potholes, the shocks run through the frame and into the rider. One way to avoid the discomfort that can cause is to channel those vibrations onto another path, as the Tortola RoundTail road frame does.
THE TECH When this bike hits a bump, shocks are transferred into two hollow steel circles, which replace the typical rear triangles. The hoops force the waves into a spiral, where their energy dissipates. In the lab, the RoundTail cut vibration 50-fold.
Gear | In Depth - Published Aug/Sept, 2011
It's pretty tough to get your product noticed ina sea of artistic and creative bike designs, but Lou Tortola was able to garner plenty of attention at the 2011 San Diego Custom Bicycle Show. Tortola, who was born in Italy but now calls Windsor, Ontario home, has invented a new bike frame design called the Roundtail.
You'll either love or hate the way it looks. The bike frame has a traditional toptube, downtube and headtube, but instead of a typical rear triangle consisting of a seattube and seat and chainstays, the Roundtail uses two parallel rings.
By Roy Wallack, Gear, L.A. Times - Published May 23, 2011
Creative bicycles, long a favorite subject of student industrial design contests, are busting out of art college and onto the streets. This year, there's been an explosion of creative frame designs across the cycling spectrum — road, mountain, electric, commuter — that are nothing short of sculpture on wheels. And unlike a lot of artsy inventions that are good only for mounting on a wall, these two-wheeled wonders not only work but also offer some innovative functional capabilities not seen on bikes with the century-old diamond-shaped frame.
Este ano, o canadense Lou Tortola apresentou um projeto que simplesmente pretende redefinir a concepção das bicicletas. Sua invenção, a RoundTail, é uma bike de estrada com traseira arredondada, em vez da tradicional estrutura triangular.
Segundo ele, a RoundTail não é só uma questão estética – mesmo porque alguns ciclistas poderiam achá-la uma bicicleta diferente, mas não necessariamente bonita.
Diane is back from her adventures at the San Diego Custom Show, and she brought with her a ton of interesting contacts, many of whom will end up on The Outspoken Cyclist in the weeks to come.
First among these is Lou Tortola who has developed a radical bicycle frame design that replaces the rear triangle with a pair of rings. Lou calls it the Roundtail, and he's with us in the first part of this week's show to tell us all about it.