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Thread: Sportive build

  1. #1
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    Sportive build

    Ok, my body is telling me that my Fort SLC is not for me

    Looking at the geometry the Fort has a eff. TT of 565mm and HT 159mm

    I presume that a Specialised Secteur or Roubaix or even Giant Defy would be better with eff. TT of 548 and HT 165mm.

    I would really like to buy a frame but these manufacturers do not sell a bare alloy frame!

    Any ideas?

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    When people are looking for a frame with very specific dimensions, I feel it's futile to search through all the OEM specs in search of their Holy Grail.

    Just get a custom frame. There are framebuilders producing in aluminum that are very reasonable in price yet high quality.

    I can't speak highly enough about my Rock Lobster. You will die of a permanent grin once you see the frame Paul Sadoff builds for you.

    Primus Mootry is another brand, former sponsor of Katie Compton, U.S. cyclocross champion.

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    Oh, I don't know you just need to find what fits.

    Rode square frames with good fit for a lot of years. With age and a decreasing flexibility, a 'more relaxed' or upright frame helps. Sometimes you find stock frames that have a shortened top tube. So go one size up in seat tube size, will have top tube about right for you, but you will usually get a taller head tube and that lets you get just a bit more upright. Such minor change is all it took to get me back to very comfortable with good fit.

    The OP's list looks like he maybe is looking for some similar adjustment.

    If steel is okay, Gunnar will make a frame to custom sizes for slight upcharge. Though they aren't as inexpensive as the Fort, they aren't too high. Other options would be finding one of the relaxed bikes second hand as frame/fork or even complete bike.

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    Have you tried a shorter stem and/or more spacers under the stem? Moving the seat forward?

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