Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes: Cannondale F1000, mango 1997, with xtr 8 speed components, bought secondhand. Spend a long time cleaning and regreasing and tuning. THe vintage lavender roadbie pictured in my thread. Kona hahana Singlespeed conversion.
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made to measure or not
I have a problem that has been bothering me for a long time. I have been riding road bikes since the age of 15 (for 20 years), I spent two years in Switzerland and while working as a bike courier, I was advised by someone who was a professional frame builder, to get a made to measure frame. This because I have noticably short legs and a long torso ( I am 175 cm) . I suffered from lower back pain for many years and was constantly adjusting the stem seat height, This guy measured me a told me that I would need a made to measure bike with a 53.5 seat tube and 56 top tube, and I would never be able to find an off the peg frame with these dimensions.
Please can someone help me out here- can I find an off the peg frame and achieve the correct fit with different stem lengths etc?
Do I need a made to measure frame for a mountain bike or does it only apply to road frames? At the moment I am living in a country with no frame builders so I might have to go abroad for this.
Finally is it possible to find a made to measure frame that would be on apar with the higher end frames;litespeed moots aegis. I would really appreciate any feedback and apologize for the length of the message.