Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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Framesize depends on the length of your legs rather than on your overall height. I measure 1.81 m, but have an 88-cm pubic-bone height (i.e. long legs and short torso).
My frame is a 64-cm one with a horizontal top tube.
Unless you have really short legs or your prospect bicycle has a very sloping top tube, I think that even a 480-mm frame is very much on the small size. Maybe the stem was too long?
As for pros and cons of a tall frame, a tall frame means:
- less seatpost exposed,
- shorter struts holding the rear rack to seatstays, hence a more stable rear rack;
- shorter seatpost, so less stress here and a more stable bicycle when you ride seated;
- more room for water bottles