certainly is tape!! - with a layer of old inner tube underneath! cheapset and easiest to replace chainstay protector!!
use on most bikes
dude, your bikes deserver BETTER!
If that's an 18.5, maybe RM used to measure their frames differently than I thought. I'd be interested to know the c-c top tube length and the head tube length Nick - the head tube is certainly way longer than my 18.5 1993 Equipe (below, in female-friendly style).
Bigger bikes can be good for backs IMO, because the longer head tube gives a more comfortable posture and you can always bring the length back with a shorter stem.
centre of BB to top of seat tube. both my '92 Cirrus and Blizzard are 17" but there's a world of difference in actual stand over height. and both have way more stand over height than my modern ETSX-70 which is a 16.5".
bloody hell, first i wanted to repaint my blizzard black, then i changed my mind after seeing all the proper white blizzards. and now seeing that black equipe, i'm back on the fence on which i'd prefer more!