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hockeybike
01-07-2012, 09:11 AM
Looking for a 54cm caad9/10 frameset, or something a bit more rare like a cyfac proxidium or van dessel helladaster. Only requirement other than it be in decent condition is that it have a generous amount of steerer tube left above the stem so that I don't end up with 13cm of drop like I usually do on slammed stem 54s.

Thanks!

sokyroadie
01-07-2012, 09:43 AM
Derosa Dual HF
http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?p=976769#post976769

TT is 53.5
HT is 13.2
ST is 45.5 c-c
ST* 74.3

Perfect shape less than 500 mi.
Frame, fork, headset, seatpost - $750.00 shiped

Jeff

tsarpepe
01-07-2012, 10:05 AM
I can only give thumbs up on the HF. It is light, delivers excellent response, but I wouldn't describe the ride as harsh. Every bit as good a racer as CAAD9, but with much higher level of craftsmanship. Go for it!

hockeybike
01-07-2012, 05:35 PM
The de rosa is nice, but not quite what I'm looking for--the headtube's a bit short. Going to hold out to see what else is around.

ultraman6970
01-07-2012, 06:08 PM
Headtube short???

Even a Caad will be too short then...What u need then is a specialized with a 3 feet top tube then hehehe

fourflys
01-07-2012, 06:09 PM
sounds like you would LOVE one of the older Salsa Campeon framesets... wish I'd never sold mine...

oliver1850
01-07-2012, 10:45 PM
What TT and HT lengths are you looking for?

hockeybike
01-07-2012, 11:06 PM
Ideally a 54tt and a 15cm headtube or around there with a 73.5 STA or 74 STA at most--had a steeper STA on a bike a while ago and really didn't like how it rode. I know that CAAD9/10 frames are around there. I like riding in the drops and being able to pedal in them.

Louis
01-08-2012, 12:01 AM
I like riding in the drops and being able to pedal in them.

I'm not sure I understand what the bold section means. Are there any other types of drops? :confused:

fourflys
01-08-2012, 12:35 AM
I'm not sure I understand what the bold section means. Are there any other types of drops? :confused:


I'm guessing he means having drops so low that it makes it hard or uncomfortable to pedal... taller head tube=higher drops... of course a short drop bar will go a long way towards that as well...

Louis
01-08-2012, 12:41 AM
I'm guessing he means having drops so low that it makes it hard or uncomfortable to pedal... taller head tube=higher drops... of course a short drop bar will go a long way towards that as well...

Makes sense now. Of course a longer steerer tube or quill stem can usually fix that problem. But as you point out, one or two cm can always be achieved with a shallower drop bar. I guess it depends on whether the hoods also need to come up, or if the problem is just with the drops.

tsarpepe
01-08-2012, 05:15 AM
Your initial post might have led people to believe that you are looking for an aggressively set up bike for crits and such. After all, this is what the CAADs excel at. 15cm HT on a 54cm frameset should result generally in a rather relaxed overall geometry. Which raises the question: why do you want aluminum, CAAD9-type machine? Alu can be build, of course, to more relaxed specs, but this is not usually why people reach for it.

Just for comparison, the two framesets (both stock) with identical TT
DeRosa Dual HF: TT 53.5--HT 13.2
CAAD9/10: TT 53.5--HT 12

And since you can't get CAADs custom, this pretty much means that you won't get the HT you want..

LouDeeter
01-08-2012, 06:08 AM
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-37CeCYw-PKA/TszjX_YpoTI/AAAAAAAAAFA/s2olA5Z1WXM/s1600/IMG_5323.JPG

The Merckx at the above link is aluminum, with carbon fork and carbon seatstays. I was able to set it up with the tops of the bars close enough to the top of the saddle so that I don't have to lean over much while riding, which is what it sounds like the OP wants. Pete hit it on the head with the query about the reason for wanting this type of set up in the first place given the aggressive geometry of the indicated frames.

hockeybike
01-08-2012, 07:42 AM
The 54cm caad9/10 has a 14 headtube. Close enough to what I want, as long as the steerer isn't cut for a slam. I'm not trying to get the bars level with my saddle--just trying to limit the amount of drop I end up with since I'm all legs.