If the 22" felt great to you then wonderful, as I've been told in the past, if the frame is too big and you cant flat foot it, dont even ride it...it could be very dangerous..and painful. But you could flat foot it so great. One of the techniques used is to stand straddling the frame, one hand on the stem, the other hand on the back of the seat and pick the bike up so that the top tube is against your pubic bone (nudge the boys outta the way) and verify you have a couple of inches ground clearance. If you have at least 2-3 fingers of thickness between the tube and the pubic bone prior to the pickup, then ur golden!
So far as raising the angle of of the stem, I dont think you can do that with the stock stem, it's at a set angle (+ angle) anyhow, all you can do is make sure that the spacers on the fork neck are below the stem rather than above to raise the height of the stem/bars, else you are looking at replacing the stem and getting your own that either has an adjustable angle (ritchey for example) or on with a steeper fixed angle...again..you may have that cable length issue I had, resolvable if you are willing to run new cable..but mine has mechanical disk brakes and I think the 2010's have hydraulic..so long as they give you enough extra length to pursue options..else you are looking at some parts and a little bit of labor of your own (or LBS).
I only have my other bike to compare it too but I feel the geometry of the metro frame does not have me stretched out at all, I was pleasantly surprised at the relatively compact dimensions of the top tube, made riding a pleasure. No stretching out, no undue weight on the wrists, no unwanted back strain...pretty sweet ergos for hybriddin' I do which admittedly is purely on finished surfaces but it will certainly handle gravel paths easily enough presuming it has the same Kendra kwick Trax tires as last year.
I too am very new to the Rocky Mountain family of product, but it strikes me that they have a very well thought out and constructed product, I'm very, very pleased with my bike.
Last edited by Moozh; 03-29-10 at 11:07 PM.