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SIZING -Should I buy someone else's custom frame???(5 posts)

SIZING -Should I buy someone else's custom frame???Cdself
Aug 2, 2002 9:38 AM
Hi guys!

Forgive my ignorance, but I have just recently started considering a road bike purchase, but as I have only had a mountain bike until this time, I wanted to get in as cheaply as possible (I haven't ridden a road bike since I was a teenager and I'm now 28). I know of someone who had a custom frame made for him and we aren't that much different in absolute size. It's a Javelin that's 62 cm Center of BB to top of top-tube, but it only has a 56cm 76 degree top tube. I am 6' 2" and my torso is a little short for my size, but not extraordinarily so (my standover clearance is 89.5 cm.) If I bought this frame, would I be able to adjust it to fit reasonably w/ varying stem lengths, or should I forget it and look elsewhere?

Thank you for your help!

Chuck
re: SIZING -Should I buy someone else's custom frame???jp2
Aug 2, 2002 11:29 AM
only comment i have is........it's a javelin and as such, likely, the angles are not as they are claimed. scott tends to have a problem getting angles correct. also, to say the welds are ugly, is being a bit kind. i've seen brake bridges that are skewed on them too.(brake pads will not hit the rim in the same place as the caliper will be rotated from where it should be)
Before you consider any frame, get fit at an LBS (nm)Wheelz
Aug 2, 2002 12:13 PM
I'd like to see that 76 deg toptubeelviento
Aug 2, 2002 1:36 PM
Sloping geometry?
Not this oneKerry
Aug 2, 2002 5:09 PM
If it is as described (assume you mean 76 degree seat tube angle) then it has VERY unusual proportions. If it was built as a flat out TT bike (to get the rider in a forward, flat back position), then it won't be pleasant for daily riding. Unless your body dimensions are as weird as the original owner's, it won't fit worth a darn.