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...you may be better off with a custom bike than trying to make a stock frame fit. If you are measuring your inseam correctly (not the pant size you wear), then you have a longer torso with a 36" inseam. Have you asked the shops where you have test ridden bikes to put on a shorter stem like a 10cm? Not to tick off anyone, but who gives a damn what the salesperson says? If the bike is comfortable to you, then perhaps you would be better off listening to your body. Keep in mind that you should not evaluate comfort on a parking lot ride, but ask the shop if you can take the bike out for an extended ride. The shop may put a time/mile limit on the bike or might have an employee go with you.

In terms of the amount of seatpost visible on a traditional frame...much of this is personal preference or possibly an attempt to emulate the pros. If you have 8" of seatpost, but the bike is comfortable then so be it. Some people like to have a "fistfull" of seatpost showing and that is comfortable to them. With a compact design, you typically will always have more seatpost showing.

I am sure others will chime in here as well and offer additional information.
 
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