So after reading through this thread I figured I would give the relaxed core/pelvic rotation thing a shot while I'm bored and snowed in. Turns out
I'm currently running a 120mm Deda stem flipped with no spacers but on a "tall" bearing cover and that actually felt too high! I could bend my arms all the way to 90degrees at the elbow and my back didn't feel I thing. I kind of stuck my stomach out/forward a bit and rolled my pelvis forward and my back just sort of folded in half. It felt like my back just released or something and everything relaxed allowing me to bend as much as I wanted. The feeling was amazing! I seemed so loose and relaxed, also my legs had a ton more clearance and my body went much more horizontal.
I'm going to assume this is what a few of you were talking about? It was such a weird feeling, I think all my body weight/tension just got transferred to my arms. The only down side was that it felt like I was doing a push-up with my arms/forearms to hold my body in that position. Is this normal? Is that part of getting acclimated to that type of position?
Also, I do have my saddle slightly forward, straight post and about middle on the rails on a 54cm Spec Allez. This previously felt ok however that was with my back/core tense, now might it be too far forward? Maybe that is putting additional pressure on my arms?
Forgot one thing, I previously have always had trouble reaching the hoods compared to the drops unless I ran a very short stem *100mm* which significantly altered steering/handling to my disappointment. When I rolled my pelvis a bit forward and my back released I had NO TROUBLE reaching the hoods anymore, felt fine aside from the arm pressure/weight.