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Need advice on compact frame.(6 posts)

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? nmcyclopathic
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... nmnoveread
Feb 6, 2003 9:28 AM