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Old 10-14-2016, 10:49 AM
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I'm between sizes on the OPEN U.P., but I like the concept enough to try to make the fit work.
I have a long torso and short legs, but the U.P. seems to favor the reverse.

My reference bike (cx) has stack of 555 and reach 385 - excellent fit, could stand a few mm more reach but not less. I have it with 10mm spacers under the 11cm stem and medium reach hbars.

The choice is:
1. medium U.P. with a 12cm -6d stem plus 1-2cm spacers. 12cm seems long for non-road bike this size, no?
2. large U.P. with a 11cm -17d slammed stem.
Which size do you think makes more sense?


The 71d headangle is a more slack than any cx/allroad bike I've had...
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Old 10-14-2016, 12:10 PM
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If you're intending to ride it as a mixed-terrain bike and care about handling on the road, I'd probably go for the smaller one, but if it's going to be a drop-bar trail bike, I'd go for the bigger one. The shorter reach on the shorter bike could also afford you the opportunity to use longer-reach handlebars- having more hand positions is always a good thing!
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Old 10-14-2016, 12:48 PM
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If you're intending to ride it as a mixed-terrain bike and care about handling on the road, I'd probably go for the smaller one, but if it's going to be a drop-bar trail bike, I'd go for the bigger one. The shorter reach on the shorter bike could also afford you the opportunity to use longer-reach handlebars- having more hand positions is always a good thing!
Good insight here.
I would definitely be running 27.5x2ish tires (Switchback Hill, Thunder Burt) and seeking out dirt adventures.

wrt hbars...the long handlebar could bridge the gap on the smaller size, and it would be nice to have both a relaxed reach to the tops and a nice stretch to the hoods...maybe a 3T Ergoterra or something 90-100 reach. I might mock up some long hbars and see how much that increases the effective reach to the hoods.
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Old 10-14-2016, 02:32 PM
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For me, I'd want a larger frame. Slightly longer wheelbase will provide stability, which I appreciate bombing downhill on a gravel road. Plus, look at the stack height--nearly 30mm difference between the two. Not only will you be able to get the bars up where you need it, but should be able to avoid unsightly spacers as well (this is Paceline after all ). Additionally, the extra frame space would be nice in case you decide to lash up some bikepacking bags in the future.

I just don't see the downside to a larger frame, personally.
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Old 10-15-2016, 04:55 PM
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Saddle height

What is your saddle height?

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Good insight here.
I would definitely be running 27.5x2ish tires (Switchback Hill, Thunder Burt) and seeking out dirt adventures.

wrt hbars...the long handlebar could bridge the gap on the smaller size, and it would be nice to have both a relaxed reach to the tops and a nice stretch to the hoods...maybe a 3T Ergoterra or something 90-100 reach. I might mock up some long hbars and see how much that increases the effective reach to the hoods.
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Old 10-15-2016, 05:30 PM
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What is your saddle height?

702mm...short legs, long torso.
Saddle to hbar drop is around 4cm to top of hbars
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Old 11-03-2016, 02:44 PM
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Having recently gone smaller (after a few larger bikes) I'd go for the shorter reach. Only one or two spacers isn't bad, and my experience is that the more nimble bike is more fun.
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Old 11-04-2016, 03:54 PM
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At 702 saddle height a large would be a pretty big bike.

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702mm...short legs, long torso.
Saddle to hbar drop is around 4cm to top of hbars
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