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Old 06-14-06, 11:29 AM
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size, geometry, confused

Last year I bought a 59cm Scattante CFR and it seemed ok at the time. I am 6'2", 260lbs, over 40, and not in the best shape. Since I bought the bike, I had some foot pain after riding it, so I quit for several months and put 20lbs back on.

So, here's the important part...on a whim I bought a Redline 925 size 58cm. I put drop bars on it and it fits me really well. I am more comfortable on it than any bike I have riden. I have a Brooks B17, and use mountain bike shoes with Speedplay Frogs. The seat is almost level with the seat and I don't feel stretched out or hunched over. I think it is about where I like to be as far as fit and comfort. Though the seat may be a bit low.

Now, when I ride the CFR, it feels really uncomfortable. My feet start hurting (using Sidi Genius in same size as my Sidi mountain bike shoes, and KEO carbon pedals) I have tried adjusting the seat up and down, my knees feel some pain, so I'm not sure if the fore/aft is correct now. I want to have a road bike as well as the single speed bike so I don't blow out my knees mashing all the time.

So, I was thinking about a few tings...get fitted and bring both bikes and try to make the CFR fit, test ride some bikes and try to find a frame that is more relaxed to swap all of my Ultegra stuff to, sell the CFR and start over, look at larger frames instead???? Not sure.

The thing is...I got a good deal on the CFR with Ultegra 10 speed, and really think I could use a new/bigger? frame that fits and is relaxed for longer comfortable rides. I would possibly choose steel instead of carbon at this point. Or maybe aluminum with carbon stays and fork. I was thinking, Giant, Roubaix, LHT, something with a long head tube, but too long of a top tube.

For now, at least I have the Redline 925 to ride, but wind can be an issue at times.
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Take both bikes into the LBS and have them measured against each other. Saddle setback, saddle-to-bar reach, KOPS, etc. Try to make the CFR fit like the Redline, or at least see how much different it is.
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Were you sized properly to start with? If you are not an experienced cyclist and bought what "feels right", you are probably not set up correctly. I would either do an on line sizer to see if your bike is even in the right ballpark, or get a good professional fitting.

The thing is that a bikes are sized by the seat tube length. But that is not the most critical measurement because the seatpost is adjustable. The top tube length is a more critical measurement. Also, just to make it fun, bike companies measure from different places. One companies 56 is another's 58.
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Originally Posted by cydewaze
Take both bikes into the LBS and have them measured against each other. Saddle setback, saddle-to-bar reach, KOPS, etc. Try to make the CFR fit like the Redline, or at least see how much different it is.
I think the top tube is a little too long for me right now and I know I can try a shorter stem. I still think the geometry might just not be right for me. I like a more relaxed geometry. I will sell the Scattante frame.

I think what I want to do is take my time and choose a steel frame with a more relaxed geometry, compare it's measurements to the Redline, and test ride. I don't plan on racing, etc., so weight is not that important.

Now I need to find some frames to compare. Any suggestions? (steel, around 5lbs., relaxed, under $1,000)
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