Ok, I've been messing with a lot of different things trying to get a good fit. Saddles, frames, handlebar types, height of seat and bars etc. I'm sooooooo close I can taste it. I fixed up an old Brooks B-72 and after 1 ride I can see if I was able to sit in the sweet spot it'd be the best saddle I've ever ridden. The problem is that even with a long seat post and getting the height I need I still feel cramped. I like to pedal on the balls of my feet, I'm using platforms and that position feels like I have the best contact, flexibility and control. I am getting enough height when my pedal is at it's lowest position, but I still find myself sitting about 2 inches back further on the saddle then where I believe the sweet spot would be. On the brooks this happens to be right on the rivets. I'm almost mostly comfortable on my current main bike as far as being bent over and arm fatigue, but I still think I'll put a taller stem on this bike as well.
It could be that the bike frame is just too small, but I'm not sure I'm buying that. The top tube length is 25 inches, which is pretty good, I've got a small amount of crotch-clearance in the standover height. With the tall stem and the tall seat post I get all the height I need and feel good bent over, but just can't get the saddle back any further. The bmx layback seatpost does not come in the size for this bike, I have one installed on my other road bike, but it is rigged with a innertube and not an elegant solution. Also it places the saddle too high for my liking so that I can only fit a very hard saddle on it. In short... it doesn't work in this application.
I did a search on crank lenght and found a lot of mixed opinions, so to narrow what I'm after:
Has anyone here installed longer cranks and found that it allowed them to sit a bit more forward in the saddle?
Or have you had to move your saddle forward to adjust for the new fit?
Thanks in advance,