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Need frame but tough to fit.(6 posts)

Need frame but tough to fit.paulw
Jul 19, 2001 8:48 AM

I'm 6'1", 180lbs with a 36" in-seam. Also, while I wouldn't go so far as to say I have a bad back, it is a bit sensitive to reaching too far for the bars. Currently I ride an older Cannondale Crit that's about a 58 and it has a 57.5 top tube. I've got a fair amount of seat post and stem showing (it looks goofy but the bike was used, cheap and I knew I could make it fit).

I'd like to go titanium and I'm thinking about a Litespeed Classic as it has a relatively short top tube. I'd also consider a CF bike like a Trek 5200 but I don't think it's going to fit.

Any suggestions? Should I go custom?
Customgrzy mnky
Jul 19, 2001 8:53 AM
It sounds like it's really worth your while to look into the custom options. I'd start with a Serotta certified fit specialist (see for a current listing). Even if you go with something off the shelf you'll have the data in hand to be sure of your requirements. If you go custom it should end up fitting like a glove. Only you and the fit specialist can really tell what your needs are.
Agreed!!Cima Coppi
Jul 19, 2001 9:06 AM
You and I are about the same height, but your inseam is 2" longer than mine. This translates into you having a shorter upper body, and you'll require less reach to the bars. You may be fitted to a 60 or 62cm c-c frame, but you'll find the top tube lengths may be too long (typically, frames in this size have 58 and 59cm top tubes. Get a fit done on the Serotta size cycle by a reputable LBS and I'll bet you'll need a frame with a short top tube and greater set back (seat tube angle, if you have a 36" inseam, you probably have long fermurs). Custom may be the only way to go, but its well worth it.
Faced similar situationHoward
Jul 19, 2001 11:23 AM
My height is 5' 11 1/2" and my inseam is 90 cm (about 35.4 inches). It took me a long time to find a non-custom frame. Based on my findings, there are 3 companies that make stock frames that might fit you - DeBernardi, Sampson (I bought their Kalispell model which has a titanium frame), and Serotta.

The 60 cm Kalispell bike which I bought has a 57.5 cm top tube and a standover height between 84 and 85 cm.
re: Need frame but tough to fit.ilove2bike
Jul 19, 2001 7:31 PM
Seven Cycles. They will beat the crappy welds of a litespeed any day.
re: Need frame but tough to fit.Mike Prince
Jul 20, 2001 2:04 AM
It may be worth your while to talk to someone like Brent Steelman or another custom framebuilder. Steelman does custom frames and should be able to give you some good advice on your options. Sounds like you need a bike with a relatively long (59-60 cm) seat tube paired with a short top tube, which can be a challenge in an off the shelf frameset. I do know that Steelman has a custom top tube option for an upcharge from the standard frame that is still priced below full custom.

At this point I would focus on fit rather than materials. A high-zoot frame that doesn't fit will never be as enjoyable as a properly fitting frame of any material IMHO.