- Jul 23, 2005
You probably could be riding a 55cm/56cm (c-t, ~55cm c-c) COLNAGO frame (or, equivalent ... I have a 53cm [c-c, 54cm c-t] OLMO whose top tube is ~55cm) with ~55cm top tube rather than a pseudo-compact frame that has limited sizing -- THAT would be the easiest way to lessen the differential to under 3 inches.SUPER RIDER said:As I mentioned in my original post, I am actually not having any physical issue(s) with the way the bike is currently set up. I am only "mildly" concerned with the 3.25inches saddle-top to handlebar-top differential. It would be nice to have a slightly lower differential, hence my looking for a 10^ or 12^ stem.
I am actually not aiming for my handlebar being level with my saddle-top, only looking for a drop of maybe 2inches or so, as opposed to my current 3.25inches.
I'll try and find a 110mm (10 or 12)^ stem, and I have a feeling this'll help with dropping my differential a little bit.
Thanks for pointing out that I should be looking for a 110mm, as opposed to the 100mm length I was fixated on.
If you opted for 180mm cranks (it could be suggested that your legs are probably comparable to someone who is closer to 6' tall), you would lessen the differential by more than the 5mm if you are currently using 175mm cranks -- figure on your saddle being a half inch lower after make the fore/aft adjustment -- it might take you 15 minutes or 15 months to get your saddle's orientation corrected depending on how things are currently set up, so changing crank lengths isn't something to be done without some consideration as to the pitfalls. Of course, you may ultimately choose NOT to change the fore/aft positioning of your saddle ... but, I would recommend you try pushing the saddle BACK & slightly lower before hand as it may be enough to satisfy your current-and-future concerns.
BTW. I'm 5'9" ... my "regular" bike is a 52cm (c-c) with a 54cm top tube & 120mm stem. The Olmo has a shorter 110mm stem because of the longer top tube. I have older (umm, more "vintage") frames with even longer (i.e., 57cm) top tubes & shorter stems (i.e., 90mm) + one recent "project" bike put together with "spare parts" which has a 56cm virtual top tube & a 100mm stem.