plasmatron wrote:Hard to say without seeing you on the bike, but for a non sloping TT geometry a short seat post extension is normal, especially for riders in between sizes. If it works for you, no worries.
Braking will improve a little as the pads and brake tracks bed in, but Canti brakes are 'speed modulators' more than anything, which is just what you want in the low traction world of CX racing. If you want road stopping power, and you probably do with your nipper on board, ask your LBS to order you a set of these http://www.trpbrakes.com/category.php?p ... &catid=185 they shouldn't cost anything like the list MSRP and they're designed to work with your canti pivot geometry, road wheel brake tracks and road STI lever pull ratios. If you don't want to drop that kind of cash, you could try some good koolstop or swissstop pads as a stop gap solution, OEM pads are by and large rubbish outside of flagship level systems.
I keep having second thoughts about getting the M size, mainly due to the fact that I can't raise the seat much higher than the bars. It just makes me feel, despite the fact that the reach is really nice and standover is adequate (it's pretty snug but I can jump up and down over the top tube barefoot without getting any pressure ) that the bike might be too small. Also, what If I decide I want more drop to get more aero? I really don't think I can get the seat more than a very slight bit over the bars. What if I decided I want to look all studly and virile with a jacked up seat post? Just worrying that I pigeon-holed myself into a far narrower set of fit/use options by getting the absolute biggest bike that still fits.
It is super comfortable when I ride it...but who knows how I will feel a few hundred kms later. Is there such a thing as being too upright?
Unless my fiancee misunderstood something, the laoban said I can return it within the week if there is no damage/signs of wear. I keep wondering if I should take it back and get the S/53.
I thought the OCD is supposed to stop once I bought a bike!