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Location: Winfield, KS
Bikes: 07 Rivendell Atlantis, 83 Schwinn Peloton, 94 Scott Cheyenne, 81 SR Touring Bike, 80's CCM,
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Top Tube affecting hill climbing?
I had a serotta fit session done, and it was determined that my ideal bike would be a 52cm with a 58 cm top tube. Recently I picked up a bike with an unusually long top tube. The LBS guys were commenting on it, but it fit my dimensions. One of the guys said he had a bike with a really long top tube and you could really feel it going up hills.
Now, is this because he had a normal body? What's the difference climbing with a longer top tube as opposed to a longer reach stem if you end up in the same place?
And finally, how good of a rider do you have to be before you notice the difference?