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How do you size a track frame compared to a road frame? I ride a 53 c-t-t/53.5 TT with a 14cm stem RB, and the track bike I am looking at is 51.5 c-t-t/52 TT. Would this be optimal, or can it work without looking like a franken-bike?

The RB has a 74 degree ST, and the track has a 75.5.

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How do you size a track frame compared to a road frame? I ride a 53 c-t-t/53.5 TT with a 14cm stem RB, and the track bike I am looking at is 51.5 c-t-t/52 TT. Would this be optimal, or can it work without looking like a franken-bike?

The RB has a 74 degree ST, and the track has a 75.5.

thanks
You should be okay; chances are your track bike has a higher bottom bracket which will render the standover height about the same as your road bike. One common rule of thumb is that "the frame size for a track bike should be one centimeter smaller than for a road bike because the seat tube is more vertical pushing you about one centimeter higher." (http://www.coachcarl.com/training_articles/bike_fit.htm). If that's the case, you're in the ballpark, numerically speaking. The 14 cm stem seems long - from seatpost to handlebar, you're looking at 67.5 cm. Your fixie would need a 15.2 cm stem to give you the same position, although you probably won't need/want to be as stretched out.
 
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