I just bought a Trek 7100 hybrid at an LBS which is 75 miles away from me. I am pretty short (5'4'') and they fit me with a 15-in frame. I don't really like the riding position so far, so I'm trying to figure out if the problem is the frame size or just that I don't like the hybrid style. The problem is that even with the seat raised pretty high (just shy of the minimum insertion point on the seatpost), I don't get full leg extension on the pedaling downstroke, so my power and speed are limited. So here are my questions:
1. Is it possible that I should be on a 17.5-in frame, or is this just the way hybrids are supposed to fit?
2. If the frame size is right, can I get a longer seatpost to raise my position, or does that just conflict with the basic style and geometry of a hybrid?
3. Would adjusting the stem/handlebars offer any improvements?
I do like the bike otherwise and think it would be fine as is for 10-15 miles on a MUP, but want to know if I can get better performance out of it. I can't really afford a road bike right now and I have an older mountain bike that I still use, but I need to do some work on that one. I do plan to go back to the LBS if necessary, but it is not convenient to get there except on Saturdays. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.