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Small frame long stem vs Large frame short stem

Posted April 12, 2015 07:48PM by Skye in the Cycling Forum

Skye Skye Nott
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Location: Vancouver, Canada
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I currently ride a 56cm frame with a 110mm stem. Here's a question for those of you that have had an opportunity to ride the same frame in multiple sizes: Assuming the same seat height, how different would a 54cm frame with a 130mm stem, or a 58cm frame with a 90mm stem feel? Is the primary difference in the steering speed (or stability/twitchiness if you want to put it on that spectrum) or are there other factors to consider? Weight?

I'm always on the prowl for Craigslist deals, but I don't want to go up or down a frame size if it's going to feel significantly different than the setup I've spent so much time dialing in over the winter.


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