Yeah – we changed quite a bit on the new frames, and the new seatstay profile is probably the most visible. We’re sure lots of people are going to hate them, but we’re pretty pleased (about the stays, not about the hate bit).
First edition Ragley’s used our old “big bits of plate with holes in it” construction technique. We’ve got a bit more refined over the last year, and we were particularly keen to remove excess weight, without sacrificing anything. We had a sample frame built with some tiny hooded dropouts, and we really liked them, so set out to get things to fit in the usual way, without using more metal than we had to.
And so thats why the seatstays now get a bend, which clears the brake caliper, and concievably, yes, adds some more “spring” to the rear end (though we’re not convinced rear triangles flex very much as they are a triangle, and triangles are not known for flexyness).