So I’ve been ‘test’ riding my new dolan and I still reckon it feels a bit short in the reach department and I’m already running a 130mm stem. I picked up a 57cm frame which according to the geo charts has a reach of 434mm, about 40mm longer than my roadie which has 395mm on which I only run a 110mm stem and feel nicely stretched out in the drops.
I can flip this bike which I have no problem with, but my problem is relying solely on geo charts online to buy the next one. A few options top out at a 56cm top tube which just seems crazy given that there are people taller than me.
My question is, why do these bikes feel so much smaller when the ‘reach’ and saddle to bar is longer by about 4cm. I am running considerably more drop on the track bike if that factors into it. Can someone please educate me?
I run a 56cm tarmac which has a 565mm TT and 395mm of reach.