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Old June 21st, 2018, 05:25 PM   #1
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Default Frame length vs foot length / "Is this frame too small?"

Hi all,

One general and one specific question, as I look to complete my first speed skate setup:

- Does one's frame NEED to be longer than their foot? (I saw that mentioned somewhere, but there wasn't any detail about why or whether there is some leeway to that principle.)

- Specifically, would Seba's 3x125 frame (266mm long) be too short for someone with a 277mm foot? (For now, let's set aside the issue of ankle strength and the utility of smaller wheels in learning proper technique.)

As a bit of background, I've been on Seba FR310s (3x110, 248mm frame) for almost two years, skating 8-20 miles several times per week.
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Old June 21st, 2018, 06:04 PM   #2
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I don't think I have an answer related to foot length. I strongly suspect frame length is more related to leg length from hip to floor. I have feet your size and I'm on 13.2 inch frame (335mm)... 37 inches hip to floor.
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Old June 23rd, 2018, 02:50 AM   #3
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I don't think I have an answer related to foot length. I strongly suspect frame length is more related to leg length from hip to floor. I have feet your size and I'm on 13.2 inch frame (335mm)... 37 inches hip to floor.
Yes, I agree it is probably more the length of the leg hip to floor or your inseam. I have a small foot size 8 with a 30 inch inseam. I find that for speed my sweet spot is around 11.6 to 12.8 inches.
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So, cal_gundert05... what type of speed skating do you do? Indoor, outdoor track, outdoor roads (marathon)? A mix of types? This will certainly figure into making an optimum frame selection.
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Old June 24th, 2018, 01:13 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. Leg length makes sense as a benchmark for frame length—I’m 40” hip-to-floor.

I found a good deal on some 4x110s, onto which I’ll throw some worn wheels from my Sebas. That’ll give me a feel for low-cut boots, build up some ankle strength, and let me see how I like 13.2” frames (I tried some briefly a few months ago, but they were rockered and used a totally different kind of boot). Then I’ll be better prepared (and hopefully less broke) for some 3x125s if/when the time comes.

Oh, and I’ll probably be skating the Hudson River Greenway and Central/Prospect Parks in NYC. Street skating is more my jam, and I don’t expect to do real long distances on my new setup—just switch things up once or twice a week.
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