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Old 03-16-14, 09:06 PM   #1
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Which Large/ XL frames look best?

I know this is highly subjective, but I'm looking for people's opinions on the matter.

This is in response to the comment another user made a few days ago about large frames looking funny. I'm guessing this is because of the longer head tubes and exaggerated spacing between the top tube and the down tube. So my question is, among the larger sized frames (57cm +), which ones look the least "funny"?
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Old 03-16-14, 10:15 PM   #2
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highly subjective.
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I know this is highly subjective, but I'm looking for people's opinions on the matter.

This is in response to the comment another user made a few days ago about large frames looking funny. I'm guessing this is because of the longer head tubes and exaggerated spacing between the top tube and the down tube. So my question is, among the larger sized frames (57cm +), which ones look the least "funny"?
IMO, 58-62cm frames with level TTs look normal to me. Frames smaller than 55cm look like something that a dwarf would ride.
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Whichever one I'm riding.

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IMO, 58-62cm frames with level TTs look normal to me. Frames smaller than 55cm look like something that a dwarf would ride.
Yes, and short people also look funny on 700c road bikes, like they're suspended between the two wheels. Sad, really.
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I think anything with more of a race geometry look fine. I have a felt 58cm I think it looks fine. The bikes with the taller head tubes seem to get crazy looking the larger the frame size.
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I think anything with more of a race geometry look fine. I have a felt 58cm I think it looks fine. The bikes with the taller head tubes seem to get crazy looking the larger the frame size.
I second that!

I have a CAAD10 in 60cm and I think it looks pretty good. When I was shopping for my new bike I had the shop put together a 2014 Roubaix in 61cm and it was just plain goofy looking. Other bikes "I" think look good in large sizes are (no particular order) Scott CR1, Scott Addict, Cannondale CAAD10, Cannondale SuperSix, Specialized Tarmac, Trek Madone, & Trek Domane.
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The ones that look best are free. Just pick one and walk out the bike shop.

I will add...a great basis to purchase a bike frame. Gotta love the 41.
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I know this is highly subjective, but I'm looking for people's opinions on the matter.

This is in response to the comment another user made a few days ago about large frames looking funny. I'm guessing this is because of the longer head tubes and exaggerated spacing between the top tube and the down tube. So my question is, among the larger sized frames (57cm +), which ones look the least "funny"?
Dont include 57/58's in there. They tend to look great. 61 on up is where the goof starts.
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The KHS Flite 747 looks pretty good for being a huge 65cm frame. Smart design by L. Zinn:

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