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I have a bit of a disproportionate body. I am 176cm (5'9") tall, but my inside leg height is only 76cm (2'6"). I want to build a fixed-gear bike and I am looking for a frame of the right size for me. The plan is to use it to commute. All the track frames I could find are either low-pro, or with small backward sloping. And most of them are very compact, which means the top tube is short compared to the seat tube, which really doesn't fit my body. Of course, it is very hard to get a tailored track frame for a good price.

The only solution is then to buy a small frame and use long components (stem, seatpost). Is this a good solution or you can think of something else?

  • Consider buying a bike that fits you correctly, and then converting it to single speed with a simple cog replacement or to fixed by replacing the whole rear hub/wheel. Fit is the single most important thing. – Criggie Feb 12 '17 at 18:50
  • What about a single speed cycle cross frame? They typically will have a higher stack than a track frame. – Rider_X Feb 12 '17 at 19:01
  • @Criggie fixed gear needs horizontal dropouts and special threads. Most frames and wheels just aren't convertable. – ojs Feb 12 '17 at 20:58
  • @Rider_X I believe this question was about getting lower stack height, not higher. – ojs Feb 12 '17 at 21:00
  • @Criggie I am not after a convertible, mostly for estethic reasons. – Alessandro Cosentino Feb 12 '17 at 21:32
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Track frames in general are designed for manouverability, not stability or comfort. This does not make them very good commuter bikes, but if you absolutely need a track frame you know what you are getting into. Extra long stem tones down the twitchiness a bit, but also moves the weight distribution towards front wheel.

Another solution would be buying a road frame with horizontal dropouts and not installing a rear brake. This will get you a top tube that is only moderately short related to your body, but would lose some credibility (if it was 2007, this is 2017 and track bikes are old news anyway).

  • Very good point on the weight distribution moving towards front wheel! – Alessandro Cosentino Feb 12 '17 at 21:34
  • I am not aware of road frame with a sloping geometry and horizontal dropouts. Unless you mean the usual urban frames (Mash, Cinelli, 8bar, ...), but I consider that track frame when it comes to geometry – Alessandro Cosentino Feb 12 '17 at 21:35
  • @AlessandroCosentino - Check out Surly Troll or Soma Buena Vista which both have horizontal dropouts and generous standover. By no means racing bikes (steel frames), but can take larger tires for commuting through fields of glass, or trekking across fields of gravel. – Craig Hicks Feb 13 '17 at 15:30

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