Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Auburn, WA
Bikes: 2006 LeMond Croix de Fer, 2005 Kona Dew Deluxe
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do you agree this frame is too small for me?
I'm entertaining the idea of upgrading my Kona Dew frame with a Soma Double Cross DC. I've upgraded most everything on the Kona over tha past 5 years: wheels, handle bars, crankset, brakes, etc. and hope to re-use most everything as I am trying to watch my wallet.
I believe my Kona frame is too small. It's a 56cm with an aggressively sloped top tube. It originally fit ok when it had MTB style flat bars. Since then I've converted to On-one Midge drop bars, changed to a lower profile saddle and cranks that are 5mm longer.
Here are my current fit issues:
1) the longer cranks compressed my knees a bit too much, so I raised the saddle
2) the raised saddle pushes me further back (and looks ridiculous nearly 3 fists of post are exposed)
3) riding in the drops stretches me out and lowers my back more than even my 57cm LeMond
4) the saddle to bar drop is too aggressive for city riding - even with a steep angled up stem (that may be too long)
I've only intermediate knowledge on geometry and it's consequences, but I do know my LeMond is very comfortable (recently did some double centuries), but my Kona is painful on my knees if I mash up hills.
Here's a google spreadsheet
I made comparing the geometries. Obviously it doesn't account for seat post height or stem length/angle.
Looking at all these measurements, is there any confidence that the Soma DC would fit me better? Or any simple explanation why my LeMond is a better fit?