It looks normal to me now
After ~50 bikes using the straight 44mm head tube, it no longer looks weird. In fact 1 1/8 head tubes look really tiny and odd to me now. Go figure. I can see how if you do mostly 1 1/8 (I'd say 75% of my frames are for taper these days) it would look odd the other way.
I try to differentiate myself with spot-on geometry and design rather than trying to make things look neat, because most of my customers seem to be 5k mile/year type psychos who couldn't care less what their bike looks like. If your customer base is more interested in a particular look that might be more of a selling point, I guess.
Originally Posted by golden boy