so i finally narrowed it down to 3 bikes - the kona jake the snake, the specialized tricross sport and the bianchi axis. my first choice is the jake the snake, by far, but it depends on fit. i am just a little frustrated right now and looking for some advice because no shop in new york seems to stock these bikes in my size, and i feel so hesitant about ordering one without ever riding it given that i am totally not sure whether it will fit.
so here is where i am at. for the record, i am 5'4" with a short torso.
1. jake the snake - my first choice - i test rode a 49 cm and it was definitely too big, and particularly too long. the shop said they could order me a 47 (the smallest size it comes in) but i would have to put a pretty big deposit down first, which makes me nervous - what if it is still not small enough? it is not much smaller - according to the kona website the TT is 52.1 on the 47, as opposed to 53.2 on the 49 (which is what i rode, and which was definitely too long, agreed upon by me and the salesguy). i'm not sure that 1.1 cm less will be a big enough difference. i have called every kona dealer in new york, though, and none of them have a 47 in stock.
2. axis - i rode a 49 cm and it was, again, too big/too long. they make a 44 but i am actually afraid that it will be TOO small - the TT is 50 cm long. again, i have yet to find a nyc shop that has a 44 axis in stock.
3. tricross sport - this seems a little easier to find - i found one shop that has it in stock but it's not built up. i guess i would be more excited about this but i am LEAST excited about the tricross itself. it seems like pretty crappy value in comparison to the jake the snake (same price!), and i really would prefer to have 105 on my bike.
any advice from anyone? does anyone own a 44 cm axis or a 47 cm jake the snake (if so, how tall are you and how does it fit?)? how have (especially really tall and really short) people dealt with this issue in the past? i just don't really know what to do, other than take a leap of faith and risk spending $1300 on a bike that doesn't fit.