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Drop bar and shifter set up really variable between riders and what most find comfortable depends a lot on your riding position (i.e., upright or agressive). When you see the ramp section angled down it is typically associated with a fairly aggressive riding position. More upright riding positions tend to favour bar setups with a flatter ramp and more ...


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This is a function not just of the shape of the bars and brifters, but of how the bars are clamped into the stem, and how the brifters are clamped onto the bars, as well as various other factors to do with fit and grip. There's a lot that can be adjusted without changing the bars. Modern bars seem to have a tighter upper bend than many older bars, and often ...


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I would have to disagree that long top tubes are more "traditional". Most of my steel bikes, ranging from 1954 to 1986 or so have square dimensions, 57 top + 57 seat. The only one that doesn't is a comparatively new soma doublecross from around 2004 or so, it has a very long top tube. I also find it uncomfortable on long trips due to being too ...


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ANSWER The "frame size" is no longer a physical measurement on the bike. Instead its a "virtual" distance. Remember traditional horizontal top tube frames? These have been "normal" for decades, and were still prevalent in the `90s from https://fitrecovery.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/compact-sloped-or-traditional-horizontal-top-...


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If you compare images of older frames designs you can see how the top tube is horizontal when referenced to the ground. You can also see how very little seatpost is exposed. A modern compact frame will have a sloped toptube. Since the toptube attaches to a spot lower on the seat tube more seatpost will be exposed to achieve the same saddle to pedal distance. ...


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I have been experimenting with tire pressure and stem length trying to improve front tire grip and steering on my trail bike which is often slipping in corners. I cannot see how tire pressure can affect weight distribution in any measurable manner. A very minor effect on the static weight distribution may perhaps be observed on a fat bike, where a severe ...


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I happen to be the exact same size, so I'll answer. I have a custom built road bike with 55cm c-t height and 57cm top tube. I'm using a 120mm horizontal stem and classic drop bars that have more reach than so-called ergo shape at the drops. If I for some reason wanted to have a stem with rise and ergo bars, I'd need even longer and lower frame. The 55cm ...


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