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Fitting Your Bike Are you confused about how you should fit a bike to your particular body dimensions? Have you been reading, found the terms Merxx or French Fit, and don’t know what you need? Every style of riding is different- in how you fit the bike to you, and the sizing of the bike itself. It’s more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your frame size, style of riding, and your particular dimensions. Here ya’ go…..the location for everything fit related.

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Old 05-29-14, 12:54 PM   #1
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Surly Frame Switch - Need Help

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I recently inherited a Surly LHT from a friend and instantly fell in love w the brand. The only problem is I am 5'11" w a 30 in inseam and the bike is 53 cm. Its a great ride but a little tight.

Someone is offering a 56cm for $850 but I dont want to get stuck w two bikes that may not fit. Would a 56cm work well? If not am I better buying a new 58 cm frame and swaping the components?

Thank you
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Old 05-30-14, 06:40 AM   #2
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Hi Forum,

I recently inherited a Surly LHT from a friend and instantly fell in love w the brand. The only problem is I am 5'11" w a 30 in inseam and the bike is 53 cm. Its a great ride but a little tight.

Someone is offering a 56cm for $850 but I dont want to get stuck w two bikes that may not fit. Would a 56cm work well? If not am I better buying a new 58 cm frame and swaping the components?

Thank you
Are you 100% sure you have a 30" cycling inseam? I'm 5'5", and I have a 31" cycling inseam, and I have fairly standard proportions for my size.

There's really no way to tell accurately what's going to fit you well without actually trying, especially if you have such an unusual leg/torso ration as your post suggests.
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I am the same, 5'11" with a 30" inseam. 56cm frame fits me perfect. With geometry today, that would be 56cm top tube length, older frames seat tube, center to center.
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That reading the label off your Levi's30" or the max standover crotch to ground measurement?
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That is going off the Levis measurement. Stopped over at the LBS this weekend and they suggested a longer stem (110mm).

After getting measured at the store they said I would prob be best with a 54cm and that rather then spend the $000s more that I should see if the new stem will help. Fingers crossed!
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