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Old 11-22-07, 10:46 AM   #1
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i was about to order a soma smootie es frame today. however, i need help deciding on frame size.



looking at the soma geometry....the 56 frame should best fit me.....except for one thing, so on the frame is 32." my so measurment is 32.5"



i'm not sure what to do here...if i order a 54 frame, the so is 31.3." however, the shorter effective top tube will probably require a longer stem than i prefer (assuming i'm not able to make up for the shorter length by adjusting my saddle position - which, generally, i can't since i have shorter legs compared to my arms/torso).


which dimension(s) should be the "deciding factor(s)" on choosing a frame size? what is the minimum so clearance one should have?
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Old 11-22-07, 10:50 AM   #2
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i was about to order a soma smootie es frame today. however, i need help deciding on frame size.



looking at the soma geometry....the 56 frame should best fit me.....except for one thing, so on the frame is 32." my so measurment is 32.5"



i'm not sure what to do here...if i order a 54 frame, the so is 31.3." however, the shorter effective top tube will probably require a longer stem than i prefer (assuming i'm not able to make up for the shorter length by adjusting my saddle position - which, generally, i can't since i have shorter legs compared to my arms/torso).


which dimension(s) should be the "deciding factor(s)" on choosing a frame size? what is the minimum so clearance one should have?
First off - don't worry about stand-over unless you plan on simply standing over your bike and not riding it. Seriously, stand-over height has to be the biggest non-factor in deciding fit. Go with what fits you regardless of stand-over.

In other words, if you get the 54, you'll be able to stand over the top tube. If you get the 56, you'll be able to ride it. Which are you buying the bike for, really?

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Old 11-22-07, 02:53 PM   #3
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My SO clearance is also about 1/2", and I have no problem with that.
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My standover height is less than that. I have to tilt the bike just a bit. I have short legs, long torso, so getting a bike that the seat tube fits and the top tube fits usually means just enough room to get my feet on the ground. Standover is not a priority for me, the other measurements are.
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thanks all. i think i'll order the 56. but first, i'm going to contact bikemania.biz to see if there are any exceptions to their "frames aren't returnable" policy.
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