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Opinions wanted, please!!!msmootsiemartin
Dec 29, 2003 6:48 AM
Just wanted to get your thoughts. How much standover is needed (recommended) for a ss/fixie conversion? A friend of mine has offered me a nice Colnago Tecnos (horizontal dropouts) w/ awesome paint for a very reasonable price. The frame looks like it will fit well except there is approx. 1/2 to 1 inch of standover clearance. I have about a 28" inseam, this was always a problem with bike fit until the sloping top tubes came along. Can't decide whether to buy the frame or pass.

Thanks for your insight.

SO is not the issue, it's TT length and overall fit.climbo
Dec 30, 2003 5:54 AM
if it fits you well then the SO it could be a good buy, there is no standard clerance for a fixe, just about what you'd have on your road bike usually.
I'm cofortable with less clearance on my fixie.dzrider
Dec 30, 2003 10:34 AM
I have yet to jump off my fixie without first slowing my feet. If I have time to slow my feet, I'm well enough preprared to lean the bike to one side. On my geared bikes I have locked the brakes and jumped off the seat which can put two very good friends in harm's way if the standover height is too high.
re: Opinions wanted, please!!!Arnold Zefal
Dec 30, 2003 12:21 PM
If the top tube length is right and you can have enough seat post exposed for proper frame geometry then don't worry about the standover. I've owned many bikes with only an inch or less of S.O. and have never had a problem. Not even sure what situations in road riding would put you in the position for a bad nut bang, but would imagine if it were severe enough a couple of inches would not make much of a difference anyway.