I’m looking to get some second opinions two different fitting sessions performed by two different persons. First some background on me. I started cycling about 4.5 years ago. Currently I have a FTP of 290 (roughly 3.4 W/kg). I’d class myself as reasonably flexible and I have decent enough core strenght. I’m about 187 cm tall and ride 172.5 cranks. My bike is a Bianchi 928 HoC in size 59.
Two years ago I had a fit done. I asked for a competition oriented fit and the mechanic changed a few things on my bike over what I had previously. Raised the saddle a bit and moved it more forward. Nothing was done to my handlebars or stem. He said he was of the opinion that shorter cranks was beneficial and would advice me against going to 175 cranks. This fit has been working pretty well for me. I can hold the drops for about 40 minutes before my neck starts to tire. Occasionally when riding the hoods outside for this long my hands goes numb. I can do three hour rides with only a slight discomfort and stiffness in back of my shoulders. I can get lower in the drops than in the attached image, it was hard to balance against the wall and keep the correct positions.
Right, so two years passed and I have started thinking about getting a new bike. I often felt that the frame is a bit large for me. I base this on when cornering I feel like I am riding on top of the bike rather than integrated with the machine. Other than that I have nothing to back up my feeling. Since my first fit I have moved so going back to the same person is not really practical, so I made arrangement with a local guy which came recommended.
When met him I said that I get some discomfort when riding in the hoods for over 40 minutes or longer rides he countered with a question why I am riding in the hoods. He said that at the speed I am going it does not matter if I am in the hoods or in the drops so I might as well be riding the more comfortable position. This does not make much sense to me to be honest. Secondly he said the it looks like the drop between saddle height and handlebar is to large for me and that would be the reason any discomfort I experience. He then gave recommendations for a sport oriented fit while also providing a chart for what he would suggest as a compeition fit if I still wanted to go that direction. Additionally he suggested that I should be looking for 175 cranks on my next bike. As you can see the second competition fit is not finalized as he only pulled my numbers over from the sport profile which we based the session on in order to get me a draft to compare my previous fit to.
Looking at the chart from the first fit and comparing it to the chart of the second fit (both sport and competition) they clearly differ in some parts, they do agree on saddle height though. I feel that if I were to follow sport fit from the second session I would be limitied to endurance bikes. This seems strange to me as I thought I was more flexible and had the overall strenght to support a more race oriented fit. So here I am looking a second opinion on the two fits compared to each other. Furthermore I would greatly appreciate any advice based on the two fits regarding suitable frame types and sizes for me. If any piece of information is missing I will try to provide it, just let me know.