Originally Posted by

**Retro Grouch**
The really pertinent question is: "How tall are you?"

Through the years, framebuilders have settled on seat and head tube angles of "around" 72 degrees as achieving the optimum balance and steering quickness for average height men. For people at the extremes, it's common to fiddle with the frame angles. A common example is to move the front wheel forward on small frame sizes to minimize toe overlap by extending the head tube angle to 73 or even 74 degrees. In other words, solve one handling problem by creating a different one.

I'm 5'10", right at the mean for American men, so I don't think about frame angles much. If I were 4'11" like my mother, I think that I'd have to investigate a lot more into the angles of any bike that I was interested in buying. The bottom line is that every product involves design compromises. You can research into what compromises were made, but there is simply no substitute for test riding the bike yourself to determine how well it matches your expectations.