This is awful!!! I picked up my Fuji yesterday and think I might have gotten the wrong size. I'm a novice and really don't know a good ride from a bad BUT something doesn't feel right. Please advise - I can still return the bike.
First I live in a little hick town in central Oregon. Not many bike choices So I believed the sales guy when he sized me for a 52cm - had a 49, 52 and 56 in stock - NO 54 ( which I think I need). They swapped the drive chain for a 105 triple chain ring. Claimed they didn't have to change the chain or front derailer, but did change the BB to a 118.5 and the rear derailer. Off I went with my new bike.
I settled in the saddle and it seemed that I was always scooting off the rear of the seat - constantly having to shorten up. Especiall when getting a bent over ride position. And they moved the saddle all the way to the rear. Even did the little plum bob thing with my knee and foot. DEALER " A cross bike is going to have a much different feel than your current mountain bike. The riding riding position is not going to be the same".
This is my first experience with the drop bar kind of shifter and I'm having a terrible time. What I don't know if is this is a result of the change to a triple or a botched job of changing the mix of parts or my inexperience. It requires two or three times to get the chain from the 42 to the 52. Downshifting works just fine. I hoped the change to 105 stuff was goin to be a whole lot better than my entry level Schwinn stuff. DEALER "Well, it's not going to shift as smoothly as a double, you just have to baby the chain from 42 to 52".
Now the really annoying part - My toe hits the front wheel every time I turn. I'm just using tennis shoes - tryin to decide whether to do clipless. DEALER "That's the bane of a CX - everyone has to watch out for this".
I'm a grown guy and am willing to learn all this new stuff BUT I don't know how to tell if: I got the wrong size, the change to a triple is always goin to be troublesome, and if I have to live with the toe hitting the wheel thing.
Please let me know your feelings while I still can return the bike.
BTW - I'm 5'9.1/2", weigh 185, 29" inseam.