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I'm not expect in frame fits but looking at the rider it's both in the length and height the frame seems too small so my guess would be that he easily could have been riding a larger size frame!
Just my opinion. Not nesessery rule.
520 Dan wrote:However, it seems that if you have short legs and a long torso (the opposite of me) which it looks like this fellow might, Ridleys are a horrible fit no matter what size you get.
Ridley has "Italian" or "classic" dimensions. They are bad IF you have short legs and long torso. Then you need "American" dimensions. Long toptubes and low frame height+short crown tube. Like Trek. I had some difficulties when I bought my Trek OCLV. 58cm feeled right but there was no 60cm for test. 58 had SO short crowntube...16cm from seat to bars...monkey bike? Afful! And looked bad as rides...no use for bar drops.
Now I would buy 60cm Trek with 110mm stem, not 58cm with 120mm stem.
But I really like my custom ti-bikes ride/fit so no way anyway for crappy massproducted CF frames. Trek was quite noodle compared my ti bike. But 200g lighter...
And I agree with Samu - looking at the picture of the rider when pedal is down his leg is not even close to being strecthed to the right position (hope that you understand).
Cannondale geometry chart is bit weak but as I would need like 57-57.5cm toptube, it's 56cm (C-T) on C=~54,5cm C-C and 58cm on Ridley. For me Dale would need mtb seatpost...not nice and so small frame in more difficult to carry.
For my eye's, non-sloping frame need 75% of your seat height. On 810mm seat height, it makes 61cm C-T frame for me. This is one basic rules what I use for designing frames for customers. On mtb that like 65% so if seat is like 800mm, I need 520mm C-T mtb frame. Then 350mm seat post is long enought for me and most customers, allowing wider range of seat posts used. Thomson is nice but not if you need that 410mm on max. mark...Of course there is some play on design every time but for something to start.
For exsample, this is roadie but anyway, same "rules" apply:
-rider has 1000mm inner lenght. Tolal height is 1930mm.
-seat height is like 910mm.
Head tube is made always so long that you can use -10 decree stem at your lenght with max. 20mm of spacers. Most case 10mm, another 10mm is for adjusticement. I hate those positive rice stemmed bikes and long spacer stacks. This bike has -17d stem as he races. On retirement, he can trow -10mm and have more "relaxed" position. Ti-bikes are build for life...
The frame in 675mm tall. And that EA fork uses uncut 300mm crowntube, head tube is 220mm for non-intenrated HS. And frame needet custom jig to be build.
Shimano ROAD pedals, q-relases, hubs and Campy parts? It called "salad" and I hate ANY salad...
Ugly cable hangar and and spacer stack. Arione looks bad in any bike...
Nice builds are hard to find but easy to build. Just my few €...no offence.
I agree with you that he'd better turn around the qr's a bit, and ofcourse road pedals aren't ideal on a cx bike but maybe there is a reason that these are on there just temporarely?
Anyway, just wanted to say it didn't make me puke, you must have a very delicate stomache Samu
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