I just got my Rp23 for my XLT and I threw my Minute :03 on just to see what everything was going to look like. After doing that, I discovered that the head tube on my XC Expert (the one the minute was cut to fit) is much longer than that of my XLT. In fact, I don't even have enough spacers (almost 2" already) to make it seat right with the stem/top cap. I am going to have to cut it and reset the star nut.
I am 6'1" and I wear a 34/35 dress shirt (just so you have an idea about how long my arms are). Also, another measurement of note is my seatpost. The stock 350mm was way too short, and I am running a 410mm Thomson, about 55mm off of full extension (I have about a 33" inseam). I loved the way my set up was on my Expert, but I was running almost a 230mm steerer tube with a 140mm head tube. The XLT has a 120mm head tube. I don't like a super hunched over stance, but I don't want to be at 90deg from the seat either.
So the problem I suppose is that I want a similar if not identical fit with regard to the seat height (which won't change because the crankarm length and BB height are the same on both bikes) and where the bars are, but with 20mm less headtube and 20mm more spacers. That seems excessive, and I have heard people suggest that you don't go over about 11/2" of spacers.
Any suggestions? What are you guys with XLTs running, and what are your height/arm length measurements? Also how bad is the uphill wander with the slack headtube and a 130mm fork (if you have experience)?
By the way, the new black frame looks killer with everything else black. It's like the swat bike. All I am waiting on is my new crankset and I'll be riding it. Pics to follow.
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