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    What do you think of these dimensions?

    I am 6'5 with a long torso, 230lbs inseam on a saddle of 36.2, 34 pants inseam. It seems like most top tubes are too short for me and this frame is available possibly.

    I'd love to build a road bike, unfortunately I cannot ride this first as it's only a frame. Is this a "stretch"?(no pun intended) :~) I prefer a bike on the big side. frame1.jpg

    Thanks, MK

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    It's 66cm in the seat tube and 66cm in the top tube. That's a fairly long top tube for such a big frame, so it might work. If the reach is too short, you can get a stem with a long extension.

    But don't hold me responsible for any problems.

    Still, I say it looks like a good fit, given what I know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    It's 66cm in the seat tube and 66cm in the top tube. That's a fairly long top tube for such a big frame, so it might work. If the reach is too short, you can get a stem with a long extension.

    But don't hold me responsible for any problems.

    Still, I say it looks like a good fit, given what I know.
    Thanks, no responsibility whatsoever! MK

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    Your inseam is quite short for your height, I'm not sure that you'll be able to get the seat low enough with that tall of a seat tube.

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    Maybe you should try some bikes and compare their measurements with those of this frame. @CharlyAlfaRomeo has a good point. I also have short legs for my height, and I prefer a small frame. I'm almost 5'10" with a 33" inseam and 30" pants inseam. In theory, I should ride a 56 or 57cm frame, but I like it to be 54 or 55cm. I guess I like my handlebars to be close but low? I'm not sure.
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    When it comes to bikes and frames there literally are no rules. I've got five bikes, seven if you count the tandems, and seat tubes and effective seat tubes are all over the map. Effective top tubes are all about 22.5". I've seen published geometry tables that use the same ETT for all the seat tube lengths except maybe the very shortest and the very longest. The Giordano Libero comes to mind as a particular example of that kind of design. I get from this that the rider is expected to use stem length and/or handlebar reach to dial in the amount of 'stretch' that feels right to them. When I'm shopping for a bike, its dimensions are not the criteria that concern me most. I can usually make most anything I find fit me, and fairly inexpensively at that, by using the right stem and bars.

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