Yet another confused by Ridley geometry! I'm 5'11 with a 32/33 inside leg and ride an old steel Serotta Road bike with 57 C/C Seat Tube and 56 C/C Top Tube length (11 stem). It has a 83 cm standover height.
The Ridley Crossbow 56 bike which I thought I would buy has a 56 T/T but a massive 85 cm standover. The Ridley 54 has a better standover of 83 cm but a 54.5 T/T.
I will use it for the occasional Cross race but mostly on forestry track, fields and trails, and even the guy in the shop said either would do ( 56 better for road, 54 for off road). I'm now thinking I'll get the 54 and just hope I'm not too cramped. Does that sound right?
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I'm 6,1 and I race a GREAT fitting 54cm Supercross with a 120mm stem (my bike is BIG). The seat tube on a 54cm Ridley is 58cm. So by most standards, it's a 58. If I were you, I'd be looking at a 52 for racing or a 54 for trail use. ONLY talk to Ridley riders about Ridley's. The other 99% of the cycling community has NO idea how they fit.
Originally Posted by BikeIndustryGuy
I guess the feel good aspect of this story is that the perpetrators did this as a couple. It's nice to see people coming together with a common love of cycling and assault.
Thanks, thats a big help, I was hoping some Ridley riders would respond. I searched this forum and also found that someone who rides a 57 C/C Road bike is considering a 54 Ridley. Considering that my hard core Cross racing days are over (I have a broken collar bone to prove it) and I'll use it mostly for Trails, Parks, Road and Commute (OK I'll do some Cross racing, be a waste not to) I think the 54 Crossbow will do the job. The standover height will be the same as my Road bike, but should be enough for what I'll do.
The shop has a Crosswind frame in stock which looks real nice ! ... but a factory built 54cm Crossbow is £999 (and I'm getting it tax free from my company) and that should do me nicely. Maybe I'll look for a used 52cm Supercross or Crosswind for racing ... can't have enough of a good thing.