Herbsman wrote:I'd get the shorter one and look at getting a longer stem and a setback seatpost.
Also, If you can go to a professional bike fitter, don't dare to hesitate to book a fitting.
I rode for years with a setup that I'd done with trial and error. I thought my bike was comfortable but I kept getting back pain. After my first season of racing I went to Adrian Timmis (Kellog's race winner, ex-Halfords ANC pro, Tour de France rider) at Cadence Sport, who adjusted my bike. I felt stretched and thought I needed a shorter stem and to move my seat forward, so bought a stem 30mm shorter and moved my seat right the way forward.
After a couple of hours of watching me ride on a turbo trainer, making measurements and making adjustments he put a stem 40mm longer than the short stem (so 10mm longer than the original). He put my seat nearly all the way back and lowered it a couple of cm. He also rotated my bars downwards and moved the brake levers upwards.
The difference was shocking. I have never felt so comfortable on a bike. Every time I go out now when I ride my bike it feels like I am in a warm, cosy bed wrapped up in a duvet cuddling my beautiful wife, it's that comfortable. And I go faster!
Get your bike fitted to your body, not the other way around. It's worth it in the long run and you won't regret it.
Herbsman wrote:Well she's not my wife yet, but she might as well be.
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