Can you get framesets like this with sloping top tubes/compact geometry?
If you're getting a SS frame made,I think you're already talking custom, so it doesn't seem like this should be a problem unless Reynolds simply doesn't make tubes in the appropriate length. If you have an idea for a bike you'd like to build, I'd reach out to a framebuilder you like and ask what he can do for you.
Going slightly off piste, I used to find compact bikes gimpy looking. Then I owned 2 compact frames in a row. Now I have a standard bike that looks a little... gimpy looking.
I have to say this is exactly my experience as well. I had regular frames and they never bothered me until I got some compact ones. Now my regular frames just look "odd." Which is the only reason I asked about a compact frame.
"I haven't @#&$ed like that since I was an altar boy."
The 931 tubing sounds pretty ideal for my purposes, Reynolds also claims better corrosion resistance which makes sense as it's 17% chromium. Does anyone have a frame made of 931? I realize it's fairly new to market.
I realize the following question is sacrilegious: Can you get framesets like this with sloping top tubes/compact geometry?
Thanks for the info on the 931 tubes. I'd not heard of that Reynolds had come out with it. From a bit of on-line reading it sounds promising for bringing down the cost of stainless frames - cheaper tubes and less labor and tolling costs.
I have a 953 Indy Fab CX frame that I bought used and have owned for about two years. Mine has a slightly sloping top tube, and I'm sure that a builder can build as much slope as you need/like.