Well, this thread is kind of reflecting an issue as posted in the carpal tunnel friendly thread in regards to my girlfriend.
So, we are definitely going to size her down from her current 50cm frameset. The thing is, she wants a steel lugged frame, or at least the fork.
I was looking into the mercier kilo tt deluxe as she really likes the frameset.
She is currently on a 50cm Tomasso Augusta Ninja Track with following specs:
c-c 46cm, ct 50.6, tt 51.5, standover 29.75"
Mercier Kilo tt deluxe 47cm is measured at (which I think is still big)
c-c 47cm, ct 50cm, tt 51.3cm, standover 29"
Kilo tt deluxe in 44cm:
c-c 44cm, ct 47cm, tt 50.3, and stand over of 28.5"
From speculating these measurements it doesn't seem like there would be much of a difference dropping down to a 47cm kilo since the difference is very minimal. 44cm seems to be a better choice as observed. However, after doing a little research, a built 44cm kilo tt deluxe has a slanting top tube. This is something she does not want at all. She wants the top tube to be as parallel to the floor as possible for aesthestic reasons.
This is how a 44cm kilo looks like for reference
Are there any other steel framesets with a lugged crown fork that does not have a sloping top tube out there?
I just want my girlfriend to be completely satisfied with her next build. The kilo tt deluxe seems to be the best bang for the buck. But I think in order to fulfill everything she's looking for in a bike would mean having a custom frame built by a reputable frame builder. Hmmm...njs time? But realistically, that would cost too much money!