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Is a Cutthroat 2020 longer reach than a Topstone 2019?

Old 11-27-19, 08:20 PM
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Is a Cutthroat 2020 longer reach than a Topstone 2019?

I currently have a XL Topstone with a stack/reach of 640/402,mm
It rides well but feels a bit painful to ride long distances, partly due to my fitness perhaps but I'm just not sure it's the right length. My hands rest comfortable on the very short side of the hoods, not down by the actual hoods themselves.

My question is, I'm looking at getting a 2020 cutthroat and I have a 60cm in order. It appears the S/R for that is 664/406mm.

The 58cm looks a bit closer in relation to the topstone, Should I go with that instead? I really want something comfortable for long rides.
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With the little info provided and no pic of you on the current bike, no one can answer your question(s).

"...painful to ride long distances..." -- Can you be more specific? What/Where pain? What is a long distance?


edit: Buying thru a bike shop? What did they recommend?

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Old 11-29-19, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
With the little info provided and no pic of you on the current bike, no one can answer your question(s).

"...painful to ride long distances..." -- Can you be more specific? What/Where pain? What is a long distance?


edit: Buying thru a bike shop? What did they recommend?
sorry for not including more info. I will try to answer the best I can and provide more info later. The intention when I created the post was to try and get an objective statement of fact on the two bike sizes as I donít really understand stack and reach completely.

that being said the topstone was fired originally by my lbs, the cutthroat Iím buying they another more local bike store. I just honestly donít trust their sizing recommendations due to past issues.

As for the pain, itís mostly upper back and neck pain after 30-40 miles or so. As well as some hand pain in my left hand.
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If pain doesn't set in until 30-40 miles (say, approx 2 hours) then I would guess it is not a big issue with fit. Assuming same stem & bars (not a good assumption) they should be approx 1" (24mm) higher on new bike and only 4mm further out. Given the range of stems/bars and posts it would be easy to hit the same position as on current ride, or create a slightly different position.. There are short/shallow handlebars that make the transition from tops to hoods to drops a shorter distance.

Not being comfortable on the hoods, just the tops, is a problem as the braking position is compromised.
Hand pain can come from many things: too much weight on hands, bad gloves, same hand position for extended periods, a nerve issue, etc.
30-40 miles of gravel (even on this fat tire bike with drops) would likely give most riders some aches. Especially if you are cranking pretty hard.

I often set-up my bikes for comfort in the drops which makes riding the tops or hoods an easy reach.

Good luck!

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You must be about six and a half feet tall, correct?
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Originally Posted by duckhuntr View Post
You must be about six and a half feet tall, correct?
Welcome to BF.

The effective top tube length on this model corresponds with their stated size. I'm 6'1" and ride road bikes with 58cm tt and 12.5 stem. For a gravel rider, a shorter stem at about 10cm is recommended, so for me the 60cm size would be good, especially with the taller head tube to reduce the saddle to bar height. Lots of riders believe a longer wheelbase makes a gravel bike more stable.

Not sure about the height or arm length of the OP,

edit: checking the Salsa site, the longest stem offered (in the online specs) is 9cm.

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Just realized I didnít post my height. Yeesh. Iím 6í4Ē. I rode the 58 today and it felt pretty spot on. Iím not sure the 60 might be too big. Unfortunately riding different sizes of this bike is hard to do. As no one has any.
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Just my humble opinion, but if you get a 58 (given your height) then you will not be able to bend your elbows without rounding your back (usually painful after a while). Depends upon how upright a position you desire, or stated differently = how willing to give up the tradition road riding position? With shorter head tube on 58 the saddle to bar drop is greater than on a 60, without a change of stem.

Disclaimer: If your arms are short or you have physical limitations then upright may be for you.
Remember, on gravel a centered/lower center of gravity is more stable.

Only you know what fits best.
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