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How much seat to handlebar drop do you have?(18 posts)

How much seat to handlebar drop do you have?tirider
Oct 7, 2001 10:21 AM
How about stem length compared to top tube length? I put a level on the top of my saddle and measured the difference to the handlebar top and came up with 7 cm or 2 and 3/4 inches. I run a 130 cm stem at 80 degrees with an effective (sloping) 56.5 top tube. It seems to me that bar positioning is ultimately a compromise between the best reach for the drops, hoods and top. I'm always fascinated by the dynamics of bike handling as it relates to subtle changes in adjustments to the bodies three contact points: seat, pedals and bars. Am I the only one that constantly fusses over things like cleat placement etc? I see some riders whose positioning hurts just to look at while I swear I hear bells sound when I finally get something right with regard to adjustment.
re: How much seat to handlebar drop do you have?Birddog
Oct 7, 2001 10:24 AM
4" and I am 5'9' and I ride a 54cm frame
That's a pretty aggressive setup for a 54cm frame!JohnG
Oct 7, 2001 10:41 AM
I have 3" saddle/bar drops on my bikes. I'm 5' 8" and run either 11 or 12cm stems depending on TT length of the particular bike.

With the 3" drop I feel like I'm I'm in a good aero position when I'm on the drops. Any more drop and I'd probably have problems with my knees hitting my chest. ;)

That's a pretty aggressive setup for a 54cm frame!Birddog
Oct 7, 2001 10:49 AM
I was surprised my self when I realized the differential. I recently set up a new bike and I messed around with it a bit, but I like the drop. I use a 100mm stem. When I'm on the hoods, I have a pretty fair aero position, when I'm on the drops, I really have a good flat back. Oh yeah, I'm old too.
9cm drop , 60cm frame (c to c) 58 TT with a 130 stem. NMHighgear
Oct 7, 2001 10:30 AM
I'll bet there is a predictable....tirider
Oct 7, 2001 11:09 AM
...ratio proportion between age and handlebar drop. I'm 44 years old with arthritis in my neck and 7 mm is about all I can stand. Also the comfort of my genitalia takes a surprising precedence as I get older. Ever wonder how the pros handle the extreme drop with regard to this? Perhaps being sans testical as Lance is helps.
I dunno.MikeC
Oct 8, 2001 12:03 PM
I'm 49 this week. Set up carefully on my shiny new Seven, I have a 5.0 cm drop from top of saddle to top of bar. I think that's probably pretty middle-of-the-road for roadies. No hand numbness or neck/back pain so far (three weeks, about 500 miles, including an MS 150).
(I'm 5'10". Nose of saddle to middle of bar is 53 cm. The bike has a 55.0 cm top tube sloping 4 tiny degrees, a 52.0 cm seat tube, and a 16.2 cm headtube. It's a 10cm 73-degree Ritchey stem. STA=72 degrees; HTA=73.5)
Oct 7, 2001 12:14 PM
I ride a 55cm frame with 10cm between the top of the saddle and the top of the bars. I use a 110mm stem with 80 degree rise and only 2mm of spacer under the stem.
7.5cm drop. 6'3" with 59c-c frameDaveG
Oct 7, 2001 12:50 PM
I also run my levers fairly high on the curve of the bars so that the levers are barely lower than the stem. This gives me a very comfortable position with Campy levers.
6'1"+, 60cm c-t frame, 130cm stem, 9.4cm drop (nm)12x23
Oct 7, 2001 2:26 PM
10 cm drop, 57.5 cm tt, 130mm stem, o rise. (nm)Jon
Oct 7, 2001 2:52 PM
re: How much seat to handlebar drop do you have?koala
Oct 7, 2001 3:18 PM
Only 6.5 cm with 110 stem on a 55 c-c frame. I dont race and this is comfortable on long rides. I had at least 10 cm in drop when I raced. The frame I rode was smaller as well.
7 cm drop, 52 cm (c-c) frame, 120 mm -7o stem, 5' 7" human -nmTig
Oct 7, 2001 3:44 PM
oops, TT is 53 cmTig
Oct 7, 2001 3:46 PM
9 cm. drop-130 mm. stem-58.5 c-c st and tt (nm)mickey-mac
Oct 7, 2001 7:59 PM
15 cm (6 inches) I'm 6'3" and use a 60cm frame, whats amazing...Bruno S
Oct 7, 2001 8:51 PM
is that my back does not hurt. I can ride with my back almost flat so I like this drop.
re: How much seat to handlebar drop do you have?Woof the dog
Oct 8, 2001 12:52 AM
around 12 cm to the tops of the bar. oh yeah, 54 cm frame, 135 lbs 5'9" biker. I am significantly lower than anyone else in the pack, probably useless to try and draft me, hehe.


Dead level, and I'll never go backcory
Oct 8, 2001 8:00 AM
Makes all the difference in the world. At age 56, I can ride farther in comfort than I could when I was 25. I'm a little slower, but I expect I'd be a little slower anyway after 30 years.