Is the long Roubaix top tube so much of an issue ?
Ive my eyes open for a 2nd bike, a big mile eater which is very comfortable. Tall head tube is a must for me as I really hate the low down and stretched out position which comes with using short head tubes. The bikes that are on my list to have a look at are the Cannondale Synapse, Specialized Roubaix and Jamis Ventura. Both the Dale and Jamis seems to be made with big miles in comfort in mind, slightly shorter top tubes and plenty tall head tubes being in their specification. Im 5 ft 9 and I ride size 54 in a bike, what mystifies me is why Spesh have a 548mm long top tube when CDale have 540mm and Jamis 538mm on their size 54`s. With the CDale it would be a 100mm stem, the Jamis a 110mm stem and the Spesh probably the dreaded 90mm stem for me. I just cannot fathom the need for such a long top tube on the Spesh, those bikes have a reputation for utter comfort but having to use a fidgety 90mm stem would be a dealbreaker for me. Those who own Roubaix`s, has the overly long top tubes in relation to the frame size caused any issues for you ? In terms of the spesh, if I looked at the size 52 then the head tube length would be the dealbreaker , now if the made the size 52 frame with a size 54 head tube.........sorted !
2012 Cannondale CAAD 8 105