Last spring I bought a DS 8.4. Had a very hard time choosing between the 19.5 and 21", ending up with the 21" since when hammering down I felt like my bum was falling off the back of the 19.5's seat during test rides around the block. From the first "real" ride I started having misgivings about the fit. I just felt like I had too much weight on my arms. Infinite seat adjustments later, the store graciously shortened the stem and I left with the notion that I just needed to "give it a chance". Months go by and while its been ridable, I never felt thrilled to hop on it because I new in 20 minutes I'd be riding with my neck sunk between my shoulders. I went back to the store towards the end of the summer and they again graciously did an "impromptu" fitting for me, taking pictures etc, and was advised the bike was fine, my posture wasn't: I needed to roll my pelvis forward in order to flatten out my back. Desperately wanting to "make it work" I rode out the rest of the season till it got too cold to bike, all the while my wife telling me I looked tense...because I was, forcing myself into a posture which didn't come naturally.
Well, spring is coming again and its time to make a (very) hard decision: Keep riding in the hopes that the posture will eventually feel comfortable, OR Frankenbike it, OR take a (huge) loss and buy something else.
Questions for the community:
Anyone else with last years DS series, what do you think of the geometry and posture of the bike? Has anyone else found them....not quite right?
The Cannondale Quick CX3 has been tabled as a potential replacement, being of similar cost and appointment, but with radically different geometry (per the diagrams for both companies). Any thoughts from the experts as to how one might expect the two to differ?
I know, I know, I should try the Cannodale but as I've discovered, there is only so much one can glean from half and hour, or even an hour, of test riding (while desperately trying not to get a scratch or spec of dirt on a bike you don't know if you are buying). As my wife put it to me "this is it!" If I swap for the Cannodale (or any other bike) its going to be a one way street and I don't want to end up the same or (heaven forbid) worse.....
Oh the woes of bike buying...