I had a 2008 Uptown 8 that was a L frame. Technically a wee bit too big for me at 5'8, and I would land right on the bar when I stood over it. I had to bring the seat all the way down to the spring.
So, I sold it and bought a M frame, new model.
I am noticing my complaints with being a little too bent forward have actually gotten a little bit more intensified. Odd. But I can raise the seat a decent amount.
We tried messing with seat height, putting swooped back bars (not Walds, but Nitto Albatross), and nothing seemed quite right. Tried a Brooks saddle as well (not a fan).
Settled on the prior Velo Soft seat over the current house made seat, because I just could not get comfy on it.
The recent recommendation by LBS's has been a shorter stem, perhaps a bit taller.
I am told there is a Seattle company with less expensive option that are just as good as a $60 Nitto. Others as well.
Anyone have suggestions?