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Smaller size road bikes leaning towards Carbon or Titanium(7 posts)

Smaller size road bikes leaning towards Carbon or TitaniumFalicia
Jul 15, 2001 5:08 AM
Having difficulty with size. I'm female, 5'1", inseam 29". The men's 50cm are just too big. Two of the better local bike stores tried to fit the TREK 5200 50cm for me and both recommend it is just too big and I'm stretched out too far. Both indicate my choices are limited and fit me to women's bike TREK 2300 WSD or Cannondale R800 Feminine, 47cm which both fit perfectly. Leaning towars the Cannondale because of the CAAD4 hour glass frame which is supposed to soften the vibration of aluminm. Really wanted to try to get into a carbon or titanium. Airborne doesn't seem to have a Zeppelin that is small enough. Willing to spend up to $2000-$3000. Open to any suggestions ?
re: Smaller size road bikes leaning towards Carbon or TitaniumJofa
Jul 15, 2001 5:42 AM
With that money, I'd go custom. I don't know what country you live in, but if the US then both Strong and Steelman have their advocates on this board. To fit a stock frame you may be forced to specify a very short stem, which is a compromise too much for $2-3k.
The hourglass stays on the Cannondale are there for ankle and crank clearance; thay won't have any effect on road shock, as no seatstays shorten measurably under stress anyway. I wouldn't worry about frame material and so forth, just get something that fits without compromise.
re: Smaller size road bikes leaning towards Carbon or Titaniumbadabill
Jul 15, 2001 7:55 AM
My girlfriend had the same problem, we went with a landshark custom steel with 650 wheels. Built at 17lbs with a ouzo pro fork. The plus is you can custom work geometry to your riding style. Fit is the main concern, make sure you are working with a pro. For carbon Calfee is great.
check this outStarliner
Jul 15, 2001 3:17 PM
Aegis makes fine c/f frames, and has one that should satisfy your needs:
http://aegisbicycles.com/swift.htm
TerryHoward
Jul 15, 2001 4:29 PM
Try www.terrybicycles.com
re: Smaller size road bikes leaning towards Carbon or TitaniumRoy Zipris
Jul 16, 2001 11:33 AM
Look at Habanero titanium frames: www.habcycles.com, I think is the web site. People speak well of the bikes, the company, customer support, and its owner.
Regards, Roy Zipris
CalfeeWhatever
Jul 16, 2001 6:35 PM
www.calfeedesign.com

One outrageous piece of plastic