Originally Posted by fietsbob
No measurements offered , no opinion.
Fair enough. Since the ala carte is fairly popular, I was looking for an answer by someone who has either the M or L size frame and is about my height with regular proportions.
But you' re right. So if this helps:
My current everyday bike is a totally reconstructed peugeot road diamond frame which measures:
ST: 59 cm [23.2"]
TT: 58 cm [22.8"]
BB drop: 75 mm
BB to saddle: 73 cm [28.7"]
Stem: 80 mm
2" riser bars
(can't measure angles, I 'll probably mess them up)
Taller guys than me find it big. I like it. I even find I'm maybe too upright.
The L ala carte is a compact frame with (this is the 2010 geometry, but I think it hasn't changed much in the last two years):
ST: 51 cm [20"]
TT: 61.5 cm (effective) [24"]
BB drop: 35 mm
ST angle: 73
HT angle: 71
Suspension corrected fork
and, unless I'm still growing taller in my thirties, I must measure something like:
Inseam: 81 cm [32"]
Arm: 65 cm [25.5"]
Total Body Height: 175 cm [5'9"]
As you see, what I'm worried about is the combination of longer TT + drop bars.
Maybe it will just be a matter of personal preference, but any input will be welcome.