531colin wrote:Have you access to another similar bike to compare the degree of flexibility?
My test goes;
Stand next to the bike, one hand on the stem, other hand on the saddle. Pull one towards you, push other one away. Reverse, repeat.
Same starting position, but put toe of one foot on crank/BB axle end, and push.
I've just tried the above test and to be honest, it puts things into perspective, there's hardly any movement. Compare this with when the handlebars are resting on a wall and the rear end is unsupported, it seems to show the frame is essentially sound.
I do have a couple of mates with whom I ride regularly. One rides a steel Condor gravel bike. I'll ask if we can do a comparison before we go out on Monday.
Definitely won't be taking the hacksaw/ angle grinder to Nige any time soon!