I am in the market for a new frameset mostly because I want to change from my cheap Alum to a nicer steel frame. While I'm at it, I feel like I could dial in my fit a little better. I think my fit is ok but I feel like I could be more stretched out. Longer top tube/stem seems to be an answer but then I was reading a fit article and they were talking about head tube height and it's importance on reach
My current bike is a Motobecane Super Strada from bikesdirect. It has a 543mm ETT and 150mm head tube. I am almost 5'11 (not that it matters) but doing the competitve cyclist online fit calc I am recommended to have a 545-550 ETT. I have also had bikes with 560mm and 565mm ETT in the past and honestly felt too stretched out and like my handling was not precise. I have been looking at some Lemond steel frames and trying to figure out if 53 or 55 would be a better fit.
The 53 has a 545mm ETT (basically same as I have now) but has a 116mm head tube as opposed to 150mm on my current bike and the 55 has a 565mm ETT and 133mm head tube but I hear the slacker seat tube on Lemond makes them feel smaller. In theory, would the 34mm shorter head tube on the 53 stretch me out noticeably more then my current bike with the same ETT or should I try the 55 with 565 ETT even though I have had a bike with a 565 ETT and felt like it was too big? Would the seat tube angle on the 55 make it seem smaller and therefore stretch me out just enough over my current bike?
Dilemmas! Sorry for my rant but I'm back in neurotic new bike/frame hell.