I am in the process of putting together my first bike from frame.
I am looking to build a fast tourer/audax - my requirements are:
- 28mm tyres with full mudguards
- Able to fit a rear lightweight rack
- Frame weight “as light as possible” below 1.8kg (carbon forks ok).
My current bike is a ridgeback world voyage 54cm frame with 1055 wheelbase, 71.5 head angle,450 chain stay, 552 top tube,540 seat tube, 74 degree seat angle, 75BB.
i had settled on the kinesis 4S as my frame of choice but as part of the build i have had a consultation with the BS who use the Retul fitting system - the fitter fears that the race geometry will not suit my all day in the saddle style of riding - the 4S has 1005 wheelbase, 73.5 head angle etc, he says 50mm can dramatically change the set up of the bike - fair enough
so....i have whittled it down to the following manufacturers using my current bike size as an EQUIVALENT SIZED FRAME:
BOB JACKSON AUDAX END 2 END 1030WB, 72HA, 435CS, 570TT, 145HT 585ST, 73 SA,
HEWITT CARBON AUDAX 425CS, 548TT, 145HT, 550ST, 73.8 SA,
SPA AUDAX TITANIUM TI 1017WB, 72HA, 2.1 WGT, 425CS, 554TT, 135HT, 540ST, 72.5SA, 62.5BB
MERCIAN BIKES AUDAX FRAME 72HA, 425CS, 540TT, 74SA, 68BB,
ROBERTS COMPACT AUDAX ST 1.8WGT,
i have found it really hard getting the geometry on some of these frames !
bearing in mind the style - what would be your recommendation, which should i go for and why ?