Originally Posted by garagegirl
Any Il Pompino owners care to comment on their sizing? I'm not that familiar with compact geo frames, but I like traditional road bikes with about 56 seat tubes, and comparatively short top tubes. I have a 50cm gunnar cross bike with a 54.5 tt but it is too small in the seat tube. I'm thinking the 51cm Il pompino would also be too small.
What do you mean by too small in the seat tube? You feel you have too much seatpost showing? What length cranks do you use?
I have a 51 pompino. 2007 model. It sounds like we're about the same size, too. The pompino is semi-compact. For me, the standover and seat tube height are just right. I find the top tube to be a plenty long. In fact I went to a 90mm stem with a straight seatpost.
One thing to consider is that in a cross bike used for cross riding and even singletrack you do not want to be really stretched out in the top tube. You need to be able to quickly and comfortably ride on the hoods.
Having a slightly shorter and higher reach to the handlebars will keep you in the saddle longer and be more comfortable on an ss crosser. (Especially downhills.) These are the reasons why shallow drop bars are also popular with cross racers.
It sounds like going bigger than the size 51 pompino's the TT may be too long for you. Are you all legs? What's your inseam?
Last edited by the pope; 03-31-08 at 07:34 AM.