Longtime lurker, first-time poster. My frame is cracked and I have mostly decent parts so I am thinking about just buying a frameset and paying the LBS to move stuff over. A friend suggested I look into steel frames since I want a metal frame and don't race a ton, climb hills and long distance. After Googling I am now enamored with the Ritchey Road Logic frame. But the closest dealer is 200+ miles away. So now my challenge is to buy this frame online in the right size.
Inseam: ~31.5", 800 mm
Current bike stack/reach: roughly 570 mm, 400 mm; not provided by the manufacturer).
According to the Ritchey guide that would put me at roughly a 55 cm frame (stack/reach 567/395). The next size down (53 cm) is 549/391, and the size up (57 cm) is 587/401. Current non-Ritchey bike is a 53 cm.
The head tube and seat tube angles mostly match up with my current bike, less than ~1 degree difference. The standover height (797) is 20 mm higher on the Ritchey but that's probably because my bike has a sloped top tube. But the 53 cm is closer to my current bike.
So two questions:
- What else can I compare between the measurements to make sure 55 cm is more or less in the ballpark of what I need? Should I aim for smaller?
- What's easier frame-wise to make adjustments with as far as stem length/angle/saddle position? Sizing up or down?