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Old 02-25-13, 07:38 PM
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Let me also offer an illustration from my own experience.

I used to have a Marin Muirwoods 29er. It was designed for flat bars and had a fairly long effective top tube. I believe it was listed at 590mm. I'm 5'9". Set up comfortably for commuting it looked like this:

I think that was a 110mm stem.

Then I decided I wanted to put drop bars on it. I was able to make it mostly work. It looked like this:

The stem in this case is 80mm and the bars have 75mm reach. It looks like I may have also moved my saddle forward, which you should never do to fix reach problems. As I say, this mostly worked, but I was never quite satisfied with it. The bike I'm using now for the same purposes looks like this:

It's got a 550mm effective top tube length and a 90mm stem. The fit is very nice.
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