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Small Frames for Big Hearted Riders?(4 posts)

Small Frames for Big Hearted Riders?bfuller24
Jul 22, 2002 3:53 PM
Started riding again (after 4 year lay-off) about 2 years ago and my 1988 vintage aluminum frame is showing signs of stress from rough roads and lots of climing in my new location. Want to get a frame and build it up for $2000-2500 (frame and build kit combined). I am 5'1" tall and love climbing. Don't plan to race and my kids' pictures flash in my brain whenever I try to go fast on decents so I do not ride "agressively". I can get a great deal on a LOOK AL384 that comes in a size XS said to be about a 48cm. Don't want to go 650 tires. Anyone have any suggestions for a small frame for this fairly strong, big hearted, 130 lbs, male, rider? Anyone know much about the AL384 size XS? Thanks in advance for your help. Brad
re: Small Frames for Big Hearted Riders?weiwentg
Jul 22, 2002 4:03 PM
Giant TCR, size small. I don't know what your inseam is; for comparison, mine is 29" in shoes, and I use a 100mm stem with my TCR. the TT is 535mm; may be a bit long for you if you also have short legs.
re: Small Frames for Big Hearted Riders?jtolleson
Jul 22, 2002 4:21 PM
At 5'1", avoiding 650 wheels is going to be pretty tough. The smallest production frames with 700cc wheels tend to hover in the 47-48cm seat tube range, which my guess is going to be too close for comfort in the standover dept for you. You can get some help with a compact geometry, but those can be a bit long in the virtual top tube measurement.

The price point you are checking isn't cheap, so I'd get to a good roadie shop for a full fit analysis. Otherwise, it could be kinda a pricey error.
re: Small Frames for Big Hearted Riders?simstress
Jul 23, 2002 8:15 AM
One of my teammates just got an 46 cm Orbea with 700c wheels. She loves the ride and reports that it handles well. She has no complaints about harshness even though she used to ride a Lemond BA. Good luck.