Originally Posted by Renault78law
I wouldn't worry about it too much. Lots of factors to consider. Seat position, seat angle, seat height, stem height, stem lengh, stem angle, handlebar angle, placement of hoods. They'll fit you when you buy the bike (at least I hope they do) to make it comfy. You should be able to find the exact same position on either frame with minor adjustments.
I tried both the Trek 1500 and the C-Dale R700, and here are my pros and cons:
Pros) Great frame, 23c tires, faster than the 1500, probably due to the thinner tire size and frame lightness, ultrega rear derailleur felt a tiny bit smoother than the 1500's 105, but it was really negligible
Cons) Could not fit right on the bike; first time I took it out I felt all the weight on my shoulders, so the shop tried a shorter stem and tilted the hoods up a bit and made sure the seat wasn't angled back, which instead of relieving the weight from my shoulders, shifted the weight to my upper back / lower neck.
Pros) All-around good bike, it has a better (IMHO) crank than the R700, Shimano 105 vs. SRAM Truvativ, I was able to fit properly on it and it did not feel like all the weight was on my shoulders.
Cons) Not as fast as the R700; frame is obviously not as well made as the C-Dale's.
Conclusions: like the C-Dale more, but I felt the weight on my shoulders with the long stem and I felt the weight of my upper back / lower neck with the shorter stem...is it just that the R700 needs to be fine tuned to me, OR should I get the 1500 since I was able to ride on it without any problems?