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Old 06-09-2020, 08:06 PM
giordana93 giordana93 is offline
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in defense of the 53 (and the shop): 7mm more reach is about 1/4 inch. it's not huge, and given your slightly longer torso, might work. The "too small" aspect of the 51 isn't because of the reach--it's the drop owing to the short head tube. A shorty stem on the 53 isn't ideal, but not nearly as bad as a stem riser extension or using a positive rise jacked up stem because the bars are too low. As I said above, if you were a racer boy, the low position on the 51 would be great. As it is, I think you're having a hard time seeing past a bargain that you want to fit and probably doesn't. Is it on sale or something?
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