I may end up with another saddle as this one is a bit 'stiff' to say the least! Just been measuring it against my other saddles and it IS on the tall side. Oh well..
New Road Bike - thoughts.
Crikey - the toe overlap thing is a good point actually.
I have a small Boardman hybrid that is a 45(ish)cm frame and i occasionally clip my toes, never even gave it a thought today and didn't have a touch. Same crank length and same shoes.
Your saying you need a shorter stem as the reach is too long, and the seat is really low on the frame. I'm afraid the frame is just too big for you. The bars and saddle should not be level on a road bike, maybe on a long distance tourer. I know a couple of people your height and they ride bikes with 650 wheels so they don't get issues with toe overlap on such a small frame. I am assuming this was an internet purchase, a descent bike shop shouldn't have sold you a bike with a setup that looked like that. Hope you manage to get something workable out of it.
Here's another example of small road bikes - my Son who is a mighty 5'1" rides this XS Giant Avail (which is really a Defy)
It too has an 80cm stem. Ride is fantastic. Bars are just above saddle which means he can ride the drops easily. It replaced a 650 wheeled road bike. Toe overlap has not been an issue.
Your saying you need a shorter stem as the reach is too long, and the seat is really low on the frame. I'm afraid the frame is just too big for you.
This, especially as you're running the saddle forward on it's rails, blatantly looks too big in every dimension. Trying to match bar/saddle height, because that's what you do on a mountain bike isn't the most solid logic.
The model below would have only been 12mm or so shorter in the top tube. You'd have 30mm more standover. Even then it sounds like it would be big.
The bike has gone back i'm afraid. The new stem arrived and whilst it brought the reach to exactly where i wanted it, i then found i couldn't get the bars low enough due to the taller headtube.
I contacted the sellers (CRC) and had a chat with the nice chap who agreed that they would take it back.
I'm gutted TBH as it's such a lovely bike, if CRC had a 45cm i would have snatched their hands off.
Hopefully i will get the refund and go shopping again.
I have a fitting/bike test at Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op in Manchester next week for this bike :-
EBC are selling it for £1099 and i'm testing a 44cm model. Strangely enough, the 44cm MEKK and the 48cm Colnago have a similar top tube but the MEKK has a shorter head tube and a steeper seat tube angle.
Thoughts on the MEKK?
Sounds like the right decision to be honest.
Glad that CRC are being helpful.
Good luck finding a more appropriate bike.
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