Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
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If you don't want another Casseroll, take a look at the Soma ES. It uses the same long-reach caliper brakes as the Casseroll and is reasonably priced. Make sure that you get the new frame fitted properly, with the most important specs being the virtual (or horizontal) top tube length, seat tube ANGLE, and head tube length. At your height, a frame with a virtual 55-56 cm top tube will probably be in the ballpark. Sounds like the bike shop screwed up the fitting; unfortunately that is all too common.
I got one of the new Casserolls in early April and love it. The geometry is perfect for me because I like the tall head tube so my handlebar can run level with the saddle height. Don't let the canti brakes scare you away. They allow the Casseroll to run larger tires (up to 38 mm) and fenders; they also stop better than caliper brakes.
BTW, I am 5'11" and the 56 Casseroll fits me perfect. I also considered the Soma ES, but its headtube is much shorter and would have required the use of more spacers and a stem with more rise.
Last edited by tarwheel; 05-17-11 at 12:27 PM.