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Getting a custom Frame need help on geometry(6 posts)

Getting a custom Frame need help on geometrylindykid
Mar 12, 2003 1:53 PM
This is kinda of long...if you are willing to take the time to help that would be great.

I have placed and order at sycip (www.sycip.com) for a roadbike from them. The frame material is Reynolds 853 with the Ouzo Pro Peleton in the front and the Ouzo Pro seat stay in the rear.

My question is this. My ridding style is more suited for long uphills and flats. Should I have the rear triangle pretty tight. I am also a mountain biker so I am use to having a really "fast" rear-end (no pun :)). I am fairly new to road bike riding so this is all new to me. I do plan on racing with this bike also.

Ultimitly I want this to be a responsive bike that is comfortable (the reason I went with steel and carbon). Any help would be great, they plan to start building my bike next week. So any info soon would be great.

Thanks in advance

P.S. I am 6'1" @ 160-165 lbs. The already did a custom fit for me and my frame size is a 59cm.
I thought these kind of questions were for the builder .dzrider
Mar 12, 2003 2:06 PM
Together with you he should be able to arrive at the bike dimensions to suit your riding. In my experience bikes with longer chain stays are more comfy and less manoueverable.
Flameworthy Tangentmapei boy
Mar 12, 2003 3:35 PM
Yes, this might be a flameworthy tangent, but the fact that you are unsure about how your bike ought to be built reveals a problem with the whole idea of ordering custom bikes. Whenever I contemplate the idea of ordering a custom bike, I wonder if I truly know what I really want. I wonder if I would indeed be happy with a bicycle where I dictated the various engineering choices. If it were possible, wouldn't it be better to discover your true wants by testing out a whole variety of already-built bicycles? Wouldn't it be better to then choose the brand & model that, hopefully, spoke to you?

When I set out to purchase my latest bike, I was dead set against aluminum and was tending strongly toward titanium or CF. I was thinking I wanted a bicycle that emphasized springiness and comfort. After riding practically every high-end bike in my size available for testing in the Los Angeles area, I realized that what I actually wanted was a bicycle of maximum efficiency. Comfort, though important, was clearly secondary. I ended up with an aluminum bike. I'm extremely happy, too.
Bad idea....C-40
Mar 12, 2003 4:38 PM
Unless someone did a custom fitting on a "fit bike" (or a real bike) using the same handlebars, stem, saddle, pedals and seatpost that you intend to use on the finished bike, you won't get much of a "custom" fit.

There is no way that taking any amount of body measurements will get you fit much closer than a stock frame. There is simply too much error in taking the measurements.

Since you have little road experience, you don't even know your optimum knee over pedal (KOP) position. If you end up moving the saddle back 2cm, your custom fit will be shot to hell.
go to someone that has a size cycle.nmthe bull
Mar 13, 2003 2:47 PM
Just go with what they recommend.Leroy
Mar 12, 2003 9:27 PM
If you are new to road cycling, you really don't know what will work for you for sure. You don't want to be telling them how to build your bike if "this is all new to me." Use the builder's expertise. Good luck.