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61 or 63 Litespeed Ultimate.(7 posts)

61 or 63 Litespeed Ultimate.O
Aug 16, 2002 6:25 PM
If I go with the 63, I will nees a 110 stem. If I go with a 61, I will need a 130 stem. What would you do? I am 6'3". 84 cm saddle height from bb.
re: 61 or 63 Litespeed Ultimate.nazgul
Aug 16, 2002 6:32 PM
You should also look at the drop from the saddle to the bars. It might be quite large on the smaller frame.
re: 61 or 63 Litespeed Ultimate.Axle1
Aug 16, 2002 6:40 PM
I guess the real issue is not stem length per se but seat to bar drop. Either stem length is adequate. The larger frame will give you less seat to bar drop and a more comfortable ride. I went with a 59cm over a 57cm ultimate and have a 110 stem because the drop is much less and more comfortable. The 110 stem seems very adequate. Previously I was riding a 59cm bianchi veloce with a 130 quill stem and the seat to bar drop was about 11cm. Way uncomfortable in reach and in drop. Now I have a drop of about 4cm and much more comfortable reach in the hoods and drops. I have Jay Thomas at Lincoln Bicycle Company to thank for this excellent advice. Thanks
Aug 16, 2002 6:43 PM
With the 63, I will need no spacers. With the 61, I will need 2-3 centimeters of spacers. Now my friends, you must answer the question. Also, the 63 has longer chainstays, so....
Aug 17, 2002 3:06 AM
First and foremost, I don't think anyone can answer that question with any certainty, aside from you. Personally, however, I'd take the 61. 2-3 cm spacers isn't unusual and you can always take more off if you want a lower drop in the bars later on. You won't be able to do that with the 63 bike in your instance. I also like the slightly quicker handling of a smaller frame, but that's just personal preference.
wrong criteriarob45
Aug 17, 2002 6:02 AM
I don't think you should ever buy a frame for the stem considerations you listed. The stem is the easiest place to adjust a frame, so who cares if you have spacers or not. What matters is how the frame fits for your pedeling action, and so long as you're not freakishly out of proportion, everything else is adjustable for comfort.

By my estimate, your inseam must measure about 37.5" to get the saddle height you mentioned. That's a lot--have you double checked this re a fit procedure like at Colorado Cyclist's website?
Aug 17, 2002 6:22 AM
My reply was based on the assumption that he had the rest checked out and that these minor points were left over as variables. I had to make the same choices when I had to decided between a 58 and 60cm frame.