just trying to figure out what size to go for for my first road bike. I noticed that my track bike (Soma Rush) has quite a long reach compared to road bikes, so would anyone be able to explain why this is the case? I am used to figure out a bike by its reach from MTBs but am a bit lost when it comes to road bikes.
what size is your soma, and how is it set up?
(/find a bikeshop yuo like and trust not just to sell you what they have on the floor)
Track bikes generally have steeper seat tubes so the reach will be longer than a road bike that has a same/similar length top tube.
That is assuming saddle set back is the same on both bikes. bikegeo.net is a good site for comparing bikes and geometry.
Could it have much to do with the seat tube angle? Noticed tark bikes have steeper angles than their road counterparts…
as far as reach is concerned a 1 degree difference in seat tube angle equals approximately 1 CM in ST length (that is a 57 CM ST at 73 degrees = 58 CM at 74 degrees more or less).
its 57cm (561mm TT, 570mm ST) with a 100mm stem (1cm spacer below). its an aggressive fit I’d say but am still able to ride it fairly comfortable over longer distances (up to 100kms). I am about to buy a Giant TCR either in M or M/L and hope I can test ride both.
Also consider the stack height when buying a new bicycle.
yeah, that site is cool. I need to learn more about geo.
Ignore what your on now, how tall are you?
1.80m long legs…bought a medium, loving it.