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Van Dessel Motivus Maximus riders size questions

Old 01-11-22, 10:36 AM
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Van Dessel Motivus Maximus riders size questions

There is a 55cm for sale locally at a fair price. Went and rode it yesterday but the owner has it set up about as small it could be; 70mm popped stem, straight seat post and 40cm bars, it felt much too small but VD says for riders up to 6' which I am. Looking for anyone riding one of these that might have some input as too whether I stretch the bike out to fit well or not.
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Sounds like you are use to your previous bikes geometry and don't want change. If that's the case, then just look at the geometry tables for your old bike and this one in question and compare them.

Not sure what a popped stem is. Does that mean it's angled upward? If so, just turn it over.

I'm 5' 11" and was between the sizing of a 56 and 58 cm bike that I now ride (not the bike you ask about though). I got the 56 cm bike and still wound up putting a 70 mm stem and narrower 38 cm bars on it. So some of your comments, extrapolated to my wild imagination makes me think your previous bikes weren't drop bar road bikes or they were very oversized for you.
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Last bike was a 56cm Aethos with 100cm stem and offset post. All my bikes are 56 or 57cm (except my All-City that says 55 but really isn't). Planned on getting the bike and am fine doing a new stem, bars and post, but held off hoping for some real world feedback that it wouldn't still feel too small after I replaced the cockpit and cranks.

Popped stem in my mind is more than 7 degrees and turned up.
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I don't know how we'd ever give you real world feedback on sizing since we know nothing about your size or your preference for your position. Much less we know about the bike in question. It's not a common bike, however glancing at the specs I didn't notice anything unusual about it.

Make your next post count, I think there is a 5 post per day limit on noobs.
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You should be fine. I am a Van Dessel dealer and I ride a Motivus myself. The sizing is odd sized but matched up to what you would normally think of as the next even size up. Going from a 70mm stem to a 120 let's say would give you 5 cm. The top tube change alone would be similar to if you had sized up 2 frame sizes in terms of reach.... so think more about your head tube height and setback on the saddle. measure what you ride and are comfortable on and then go measure the motivus to see if you can put it into the same envelope with seatpost and stem changes.

If you're the type of rider that prefers to ride a bike that is slightly larger than you need rather than slightly smaller then sure - look for a larger bike. This bike is basically a 56.

just looked up your Aetheos - it's effective Top tube is 562. With a 100 stem you're at 662 total. The Van Dessel is 565. with a 90 stem you'd be at 655. With a 100 you'd be at 665. So it's roughly the same size reach.

head tube - your Aetheos is slightly shorter head tube so you won't be leaning over as far with the VD but they are within 3mm of each other.

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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
You should be fine. I am a Van Dessel dealer and I ride a Motivus myself. The sizing is odd sized but matched up to what you would normally think of as the next even size up. Going from a 70mm stem to a 120 let's say would give you 5 cm. The top tube change alone would be similar to if you had sized up 2 frame sizes in terms of reach.... so think more about your head tube height and setback on the saddle. measure what you ride and are comfortable on and then go measure the motivus to see if you can put it into the same envelope with seatpost and stem changes.

If you're the type of rider that prefers to ride a bike that is slightly larger than you need rather than slightly smaller then sure - look for a larger bike. This bike is basically a 56.

just looked up your Aetheos - it's effective Top tube is 562. With a 100 stem you're at 662 total. The Van Dessel is 565. with a 90 stem you'd be at 655. With a 100 you'd be at 665. So it's roughly the same size reach.

head tube - your Aetheos is slightly shorter head tube so you won't be leaning over as far with the VD but they are within 3mm of each other.

get the VD.

Awesome, thanks for the info.
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