These days I'm putting together a road bike build from an E5 frame. Paid an advance for the frame a couple of days ago, today I finished paying for it.
However, I've been having an intense dispute with the dealer about the frame size.. He insists very much on putting me in a 52 frame, but I would like the 54 instead. He doesn't seem willing to fold, though.
My height is 168cm/5'6.1'' and my inseam 2'8.7'' (both barefoot).
I did some research online and apparently for my height/inseam, I'm right in between the 52 and the 54 - some sources say 52, others 54:
The frame was already delivered from the local distributor to the shop today, so a chance for changing it doesn't seem too good atm (even though the build won't start for another week, when all the parts for it are acquired and I get some free time to return to the shop).
I wrote Specialized last night, and to make matters worse, their answer for me was to get a 54 (although I'm not sure if my particular phrasing of the question is to blame somewhat, I just didn't want a ''well, whatever fits you better'' kind of generic answer:
Today I got up into (no test ride possible on the downtown shop, only hop-on and give a few pedal strokes with dealer grabbing the bike by the side) an Allez Comp 54, and a Secteur 52. I honestly don't think I could have made up my mind from that alone, even more so as I'm new to road biking. Yes, the 52 felt a bit more maneuverable without any adjustments, and yet the 54 looked WAY nicer to me, put side by side with the 52 (which looks rather like a children's bike to me, compared to the 54). I'm aware this is not by any stretch a competing argument against a technical one, but I really wanted to get away with a 54 frame, even if it meant a bit of adjustment.
Do you have any thoughts or opinions as to what I should do?