frame... chinarello of fm028?
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    frame... chinarello or fm028?

    so lots of you have experience with these, but i'm struggling to decide which i should get. I cycle 22 miles a day 5 days a week - commute into central london and back. Occassionally getting out for a weekend ride on much better surfaces.

    i love the look of the chinarello (seems there are 2 slightly differing models, geometry is same though), but wonder if this would be too 'sporty' as a daily use bike? If so, the fm028 would be the better option. Either bike would be in 12k finish, so no 'replica' paints etc. If i was basing entirely on looks alone, i prefer the chinarello

    my other dillemma is the sizing. My current bike has a 56cm top tube, and i feel its slightly too long for me, but havent got round to putting on a shorter stem. currently has a 110mm but think a 100mm would be better on it.

    online cycle fit thingy throws up the following:
    Seat tube range c-c 55.1 - 55.6 56.3 - 56.8 58.0 - 58.5
    Seat tube range c-t 56.8 - 57.3 58.0 - 58.5 59.7 - 60.2
    Top tube length 53.0 - 53.4 53.0 - 53.4 54.2 - 54.6
    Stem Length 10.8 - 11.4 9.7 - 10.3 9.9 - 10.5
    BB-Saddle Position 76.3 - 78.3 75.5 - 77.5 73.8 - 75.8
    Saddle-Handlebar 51.3 - 51.9 52.1 - 52.7 53.8 - 54.4
    Saddle Setback 5.3 - 5.7 6.5 - 6.9 6.0 - 6.4

    I believe the TT is probably the most important thing here...
    FM028 size 54 TT 543.1
    FM028 size 56 TT 560

    RFM101 (Great Keen chinarello model)
    size 54 TT 533.1
    Size 56 TT 549.1


    Given the above information, which do you consider would be the better model for me?

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcurzon View Post
    so lots of you have experience with these, but i'm struggling to decide which i should get. I cycle 22 miles a day 5 days a week - commute into central london and back. Occassionally getting out for a weekend ride on much better surfaces.

    i love the look of the chinarello (seems there are 2 slightly differing models, geometry is same though), but wonder if this would be too 'sporty' as a daily use bike? If so, the fm028 would be the better option. Either bike would be in 12k finish, so no 'replica' paints etc. If i was basing entirely on looks alone, i prefer the chinarello

    my other dillemma is the sizing. My current bike has a 56cm top tube, and i feel its slightly too long for me, but havent got round to putting on a shorter stem. currently has a 110mm but think a 100mm would be better on it.

    online cycle fit thingy throws up the following:
    Seat tube range c-c 55.1 - 55.6 56.3 - 56.8 58.0 - 58.5
    Seat tube range c-t 56.8 - 57.3 58.0 - 58.5 59.7 - 60.2
    Top tube length 53.0 - 53.4 53.0 - 53.4 54.2 - 54.6
    Stem Length 10.8 - 11.4 9.7 - 10.3 9.9 - 10.5
    BB-Saddle Position 76.3 - 78.3 75.5 - 77.5 73.8 - 75.8
    Saddle-Handlebar 51.3 - 51.9 52.1 - 52.7 53.8 - 54.4
    Saddle Setback 5.3 - 5.7 6.5 - 6.9 6.0 - 6.4

    I believe the TT is probably the most important thing here...
    FM028 size 54 TT 543.1
    FM028 size 56 TT 560

    RFM101 (Great Keen chinarello model)
    size 54 TT 533.1
    Size 56 TT 549.1


    Given the above information, which do you consider would be the better model for me?

    thanks
    get the one that has the head tube dim that gets the bars as high as your current bike (unless you want to lower the bars)
    IMHO the fm028 has a more relaxed geo ( higher bars)

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    good point.
    current bike:
    TT 555mm
    ST (C-T) 520
    HT 165mm

    FM028 size 54
    TT 543.1
    ST 540
    HT 150

    RFM101 size 56
    TT 549
    ST 560
    HT 150

    although im getting conflictng info about the chainarello, ebay seller shows the TT as 555mm

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    Try this calculator to compare:
    http://cheapcarbonframes.com/wp-cont...08/sizing.html

    It will help you to compare the HT height and the reach of each.
    In my case the 58cm FM028 is about 11mm taller than my Moots and about 10mm shorter in reach.
    But I use 15mm of spacers on the Moots plus the stack of the Chris King headset so this increase can be offset.
    Also by using a 120mm stem instead of a 110mm stem I can easily offset the shorter reach.
    Last edited by FTR; 07-16-2011 at 02:44 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcurzon View Post
    good point.
    current bike:
    TT 555mm
    ST (C-T) 520
    HT 165mm

    FM028 size 54
    TT 543.1
    ST 540
    HT 150

    RFM101 size 56
    TT 549
    ST 560
    HT 150

    although im getting conflictng info about the chainarello, ebay seller shows the TT as 555mm
    Maybe the FM028 56cm would fit you better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robpar View Post
    Maybe the FM028 56cm would fit you better?
    part of the problem is my current bike feels slightly stretched out (although i admit i havent changed stem from 110mm down to 100mm), the 56cm fm028 has TT of 560mm which is longer than my current bike

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    fm028 comes in at 338 with frame/fork/seatpost/headset/shipping
    chinarello at 260 frame/fork/headset/shipping. Quite a difference.

    But was impressed with Tony_Yang's response speed on skype (iv never used skype before, been working in IT for 12 years and never skyped! ) and reckons could ship fm028 out as soon as tomorrow. His english quite good, until the very last word of the converation...

    [1149] DCurzon: ok, thats great. I'll keep you on skype contacts so i can get back to you in a few days
    [11:12:16] DCurzon: thats very quick service, thankyou. Are you able to ship either 3k or 12k that quickly?
    [11:13:33] tony: yes
    [11:13:37] tony: fastly

    made me chuckle

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