|Need advice on compact frame.||buffedupboy|
Feb 5, 2003 7:54 PM
|Hi gurus of the cycling world. I recently purchased a size L Schwinn fastback frame. To my horror, when I measured it at home, it was actually a size M with an L sticker!
Now, I have measured my overall reach and have worked out that if I put on a 140mm stem + the virtual top tube length of 560 and have the seatpost showing by 250mm, the bike is ideal for me.
I have also noticed that a lot of race riders have their compact frames set up this way, i.e with long seat posts and stems.
I know I know, as long as I like it ride it, and I am also aware of the whole debate about smaller frame= less flex and less weight. I am also aware of the whole aesthetics discussions of long seatposts.
I would like your views on this issue so I can decide whether to send the frame back or to continue riding it. It feels fine on the road.
|re: Need advice on compact frame.||gtx|
Feb 5, 2003 8:00 PM
|It is possible to get bikes that are too small to "fit" but they often feel skittish at higher speeds. I'd say send it back if you can.|
|if it feels fine on 50-60mph downhills what's the problem? nm||cyclopathic|
Feb 5, 2003 8:57 PM
|Nice frame, don't be half-happy with it...||noveread|
Feb 6, 2003 7:15 AM
|If you do make the M size "work" for you, will you ever feel totally happy and safe on it? The Fastback is a nice frame, I have a Limited as one of my rides. If you tried out a L and that is what made you buy the frame, then dude, you need to get a L.
Just out of curiosity, how tall are you, what's your inseam?
|re: Need advice on compact frame.||buffedupboy|
Feb 6, 2003 8:31 AM
|I am 185cm, 6'1" tall. My inseam is 88cm|
|The M is for sure too small for you then... nm||noveread|
Feb 6, 2003 9:28 AM