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    New Ventana Top Tube Shape and Shifter / Brake Lever Interferance

    I'm looking at purchasing an El Chucho in the near future, but I'm concerned that the standard head tube length (5.88 inches on a 19 inch frame) will require me to run my stem slammed down against the headset with no spacers and possibly with a flat bar.

    If there is someone here who is running a new style curved top tube frame with no headset spacers, can you tell me if you have any issues with brake lever / shifter interference with the top tube? If this seems like it's going to be a problem, I'm thinking that I might just go the semi-custom route and pay the extra cash to get a smaller head tube built in.

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    I have a Ciclon, not a Chucho, so YMMV, but I'd say it's a potential issue. Some key variables along with spacer height and shifter/lever choice are how wide your bar is, how far out you run your shifters/levers, and even whether you run your levers inside of your shifters or vice versa. Very wide spacing will tend to put the shifters/levers past the "hump," so clearance will obviously be better.

    I run a 740mm low-rise bar and a 10mm spacer under my stem, and here's my experience: With my shifters outside of my brake levers, both clear no problem, but with my shifters inside of the levers, the shifters will hit the top tube.

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    I just ordered an El Chucho with a shorter head tube

    Thanks for the reply. You've confirmed my suspicions, and I just ordered an El Chucho with a head tube the next size down to help give me a little more bar to top tube clearance.

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