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Long and low road frame for those with short legs

Old 09-23-18, 05:17 AM
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Long and low road frame for those with short legs

Hi - I happen to have short legs for my height, so I have problems finding proper frame for me: if it's long enough, it's tall, so the top tube presses my boys. Wouldn't be a problem for racing, but I commute in Manhattan - e.g. recent stops, so I have to stand. So I need a bike with low standover.

So far I have found two frames suiting me: Trek Emonda (riding 54cm now) and Giant TCR. I am starting to feel that 54cm is too short - tried TCR in size ML, seems better long wise, but seat tube starts to reach into boys' space.

Any alternatives available? Frame?? Longer stem??? Or should (can I?) build a road bike on hybrid frame????

And guys: this topic is not to find a way to ride tall frame: I know I can tilt bike on a stop. This topic is about finding the right frame, if they exist.
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If you are dead set on using a road bike for commuting, the competitive cyclist calculator is a good place to start to figure out what size frame might work for you, as well as some helpful dimensions based on your specific body measurements

otherwise, a gravel/cyclocross/adventure bike might be a more practical solution.
worth noting that mountain bikes and their spinoff genres tend to have longer top tubes for a given size, and sloping top tube geometry, so double points for your situation.

my personal choice would be a Surly ECR with big slicks on it. Super versatile, more efficient than you’d think, and crazy fun to ride.
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You could try the TCR with a longer stem. Those have quite the sloping top tube.
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Originally Posted by San Pedro
You could try the TCR with a longer stem. Those have quite the sloping top tube.
+1. As long is the stem is no more than 130mm it isn't getting extreme at all.
Also I the previous generation TCR (pre 2015) had the top tube sloping even more.
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Most breezers for that matter

Breezer make lots of bikes with extra long ETT.

For something sporty try the venturi. I gave away that frameset ...

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Take a look at crank forward bikes and see if this type bike will so what you need. https://www.google.com/search?q=cran...firefox-b-1-ab
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Geometry is one consideration for commuting. But so is tire width.
If you go Emonda which is one of my favorite bikes, be sure its H1 geometry and not more common H2 geometry.
Any race bike should do with one caveat...be sure to get one with tire clearance as many commute on 28mm wide rubber or wider and a bit lower tire pressure.
Also short of inseam riders tend to do a bit better on sloping top tube bikes for more standover clearance.
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