Comparing Road Bike Geometry
Hello All :
I am getting back to cycling after many-many years and of course have aged in-between. With this in mind I am trying to find a road bike that "sits" between a Race and an Endurance geometry. To get a better feel for this attached is a table of differing bikes and their geometries.
( Please Note : The numbers in red for the attached image is for the Pinarello Paris which the company states leans towards an Endurance while the Avant by Orbea maintains a true Endurance geometry. The numbers for all bikes are differences when compared to that of the Holdsworth which is the base for all other frames in this comparison ).
I plan on achieving the mentioned "in-between" geometries for a Race bike by incorporating a “Raise-Handlebar” ( which will add 20mm in Stack height and reduce Reach length by 5mm ), maintain the max number of Spacers under the stem, etc. which “should” bring me closer to an Endurance geometry with its more upright riding position. But there will not be much I can do with respect to the Reach variable besides a 5mm reduction.
Noting all of the above, my question is if by increasing the “Stack” through the mentioned methods will I get within the the ballpark figure of an Endurance Geometry “feel” ? Will a deficiency of say 10mm for Reach in particular prohibit a “feel” of an Endurance bike ?
To clarify : I am selecting a Race over an Endurance frame as overtime I hope to achieve a level of fitness where I can remove Spacers and revert to a Non-Raiser HandleBar and be able to ride a Race geometry comfortably.
I seek your insights based on your experiences as I reside in a country where Bike-Fits are available, but are not thorough, ( sadly most shops are not well informed as to the intricacies of a proper bike-fit ). In addition, the shops do not carry a range of bikes in variety or in sizes thus the importance of my getting a feel for the geometries "virtually”. And the kicker for me is once the bike is ordered, there will be no turning back so I’ve got to be as sure as I possibly can.
Hope what I am trying to achieve is clear and if there are other ways to achieve the same, please do share your thoughts and advice accordingly.
Thanks in advance.