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    (didn't read the thread) I don't care what anyone says if you're 6'1 you can ride a 58. Use a 100mm stem and deal with it, lower the bars, push the saddle BACK

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    Quote Originally Posted by todayilearned View Post

    As a 6'1'' male this is what I have to do to fit on a 56. Notice the drop...

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    Your saddle is too far forward and your stem is too short, you also probably have too much drop

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriEngineer View Post
    To OP (Rex),

    I am a fitter at a LBS in Toronto. not having seen your pedal stroke and everything else that would normally go with the fit, I would still confidently say that the bike is your size. Though you should have the bike professionally fitted to you. Your extg position looks too choked up, which is something that we see often when mountain bikers go to road bikes, road bikes generally sit long and low, mtb bikes sit short and high. I would turn the stem down, move down by about 1cm on the steerer and then address any discomfort on the nose of the saddle. Handlebar currently is way high, rotate bars 5-8 degs. TCR is the race version of Giant's road bike line and you need to realize the fit is a different than mountain bikes, recreational road bikes.

    Best of luck to you. Please let us know how it goes by taking a picture.
    Rex ... listen to this guy! If you really purchased it so inexpensively, you can certainly afford a professional fit. It will make riding your new bike even more enjoyable than it is now with your new tweaks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
    Your saddle is too far forward and your stem is too short, you also probably have too much drop
    he's got his own thread, and people did mention this. and I think he knows that the 56 has some 'issues' but I do think he can work around them. setback seatpost and long +10-17 stem might do the trick.

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    Frame size is fine but your other components clearly need tweaking. A professional dynamic fit would serve you VERY well. As a general suggestion for someone jumping from MTB to road geometry consider a shim adjustable stem. My guess (pure guess looking at your pic) is that a 90-100 stem would work just fine for you. Getting one that will allow shim adjustment to change the rise will allow you to gradually alter your positioning as your body adapts to road cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalava View Post
    Now you have to tell us how cheeeeeeap.
    $650 with full Ultegra, Velocity Fusion wheelset, new cables, chain, bar wrap. Amazing condition and fully tuned. To think I was *this* close to buying a Specialized Roubaix Apex for $2,200... Don't get me wrong, it's a nice bike, but the TCR feels so much better, even without a perfect fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HokuLoa View Post
    Getting one that will allow shim adjustment to change the rise will allow you to gradually alter your positioning as your body adapts to road cycling.
    specialized puts these on nearly all new road bikes. I bet a lot of them end up on ebay or laying around in garage/basements. they have a huge range of adjustment with the eccentric shim, but they're not a fix-all because the length (obviously) can't be varied. if you had 2 or 3 in different lengths then you'd be set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by save10 View Post
    so are you trying to say that something positive and productive actually came out of bike forums? seems like a hoax
    agreed. this is clearly a hoax. No one even told anyone they were doing it wrong.

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    650?? not bad at all, the tcr is a proven model from giant. Good stuff.

    Forgot to mention this, when you get the saddle height adjusted that i assume will be lower, the bike will feel shorter and you will be less streched, send pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rex81 View Post
    $650 with full Ultegra, Velocity Fusion wheelset, new cables, chain, bar wrap. Amazing condition and fully tuned. To think I was *this* close to buying a Specialized Roubaix Apex for $2,200... Don't get me wrong, it's a nice bike, but the TCR feels so much better, even without a perfect fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex81 View Post
    $650 with full Ultegra, Velocity Fusion wheelset, new cables, chain, bar wrap. Amazing condition and fully tuned. To think I was *this* close to buying a Specialized Roubaix Apex for $2,200... Don't get me wrong, it's a nice bike, but the TCR feels so much better, even without a perfect fit.
    That's a killer deal! Well done.

    And it fits perfectly, to boot

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    Hi

    Watch out with the saddle setback. If you push it back too much, it could have a slow but steady impact on your hamstrings eventually causing an injury.

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    I am a fitter at a LBS in Toronto.
    Which LBS?

    Which fit system?

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    Hello all,

    Just an update: No ride yesterday, no new seatpost, no pictures. Sorry.

    I did schedule a fit at the local Giant dealer for Friday evening. They don't offer a "professional" fit, but rather a "6 point, practical fit" that usually takes 30-45 minutes. $40. It's a reputable shop that's very well regarded around town.

    So I'm sure it will help, and be $40 well spent, especially because about mid-day yesterday (the day after my 25 mile ride with my new adjustments), I felt a little numbness in my knees that I haven't experienced before. Not pain really, just a presence of pressure I guess. Also had a little numbness in my toes during the ride. I don't know if they're related or not. The shoes aren't too small, or tight, I know that. Maybe my cleat position is off, along with not having the saddle setback just right. Hopefully the fitter will fit the cleats on the pedal as part of the fit. I'm new to road biking, but I know how important it is to nip these issues early. I want to be riding for another 50 years.

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    they probably have tools to meassure ypur body. Be sure to write them down. I bet once ypu get the seatpost youll be able to fine tune your fit better.. Personaly id wait till your seatpost arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by echotraveler View Post
    they probably have tools to meassure ypur body. Be sure to write them down. I bet once ypu get the seatpost youll be able to fine tune your fit better.. Personaly id wait till your seatpost arrives.
    Absolutely. Seat post is scheduled to be here on Friday so I'll pop it on before I head over to the fitting in the evening. Good idea to write down all the measurements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex81 View Post
    Hello all,

    Just an update: No ride yesterday, no new seatpost, no pictures. Sorry.

    I did schedule a fit at the local Giant dealer for Friday evening. They don't offer a "professional" fit, but rather a "6 point, practical fit" that usually takes 30-45 minutes. $40. It's a reputable shop that's very well regarded around town.

    So I'm sure it will help, and be $40 well spent, especially because about mid-day yesterday (the day after my 25 mile ride with my new adjustments), I felt a little numbness in my knees that I haven't experienced before. Not pain really, just a presence of pressure I guess. Also had a little numbness in my toes during the ride. I don't know if they're related or not. The shoes aren't too small, or tight, I know that. Maybe my cleat position is off, along with not having the saddle setback just right. Hopefully the fitter will fit the cleats on the pedal as part of the fit. I'm new to road biking, but I know how important it is to nip these issues early. I want to be riding for another 50 years.
    To give you some encouragement...fit really is a work in progress. For example, I am installing some new handlebars on my roadbike right now. I am always fiddling with my fit and have been riding for probably as long as you have been alive. An open mind and a good student with discipline to train = a good rider. Can't really be one without these ingredients. You will have to try every permutation of fit before you are convinced you have found the best combo. 5mm's on a roadbike spells the difference between being dialed versus being 'off' and not feeling right. Good riders can feel less of a change.

    Reading your posts, I believe you have the right attitude to becoming a good rider. You aren't going to arrive all at once...it is a process really and takes at least a couple of years of devotion. Many don't believe that riding a road bike is a skill. Its the same people I know that learn I routinely ride 50-60 miles when taking my bike out. They can't believe I can ride that far. I tell them that riding a bike is really about technique as much as fitness...but don't think they get it and never will without putting in the effort to becoming decent cyclists. Fit is hugely important. Good luck.
    Last edited by Campag4life; 05-03-12 at 09:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
    To give you some encouragement...fit really is a work in progress.
    this is massively true when you start riding a road bike. you will gain flexibility and your fit will change over the next 2-12 months depending on how much you ride and how much you experiment with changing your fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex81 View Post
    ...I did schedule a fit at the local Giant dealer for Friday evening. They don't offer a "professional" fit, but rather a "6 point, practical fit" that usually takes 30-45 minutes. $40. It's a reputable shop that's very well regarded around town.
    I wonder about this. What exactly is a "6-point practical fit". And at only 30-45 minutes, I'm wondering how much of a fit they can do. My first impression is that it will be a fit that any bike shop would provide upon an initial purchase. Minor things like adjusting all the easy stuff, such as seat post height, handlebar rotation, handlebar height, etc. For that little time, I don't think they will have time to adjust your cleats on the bottom of your shoes, or raise your break levers up or down on the bars, or play with different length stems. Maybe not even the fore and aft position of the seat. It sounds like you will get a good first cut or approximation of what you will ultimately need to have for highly efficient and pain-free cycling. I hope I'm wrong, but I think this 6-point practical fit will get you on the road, but you will find that you'll need to make further adjustments as time passes.

    When you get home, before changing anything, closely measure everything and write it down. That way, if and when you start moving stuff around, you will always know where to go back to. On-line fit guides will show you what you need to measure and record.

    Good luck. Please post after your weekend rides to let us know how the fit worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
    this is massively true when you start riding a road bike. you will gain flexibility and your fit will change over the next 2-12 months depending on how much you ride and how much you experiment with changing your fit.
    Even experienced riders go through some fit changes as our bodies change. Also as you know...if you then start to ride with fast guys...guys that like to drop one another...then fit has to change again versus just taking the bike out for a stroll. To ride fast one pretty much naturally inclines the torso forward to enlist the glutes to create power. Conversely...just cruising along...not much need for that and can ride more upright naturally.

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    On detail, is not the same to be fit in a trainer than go riding n the road for 3 hours. So sure the initial fit will be changed further on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex81 View Post
    Absolutely. Seat post is scheduled to be here on Friday so I'll pop it on before I head over to the fitting in the evening. Good idea to write down all the measurements.
    You might just bring it with you and let them install it - they'll undoubtedly adjust up and down and fore and aft anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
    To give you some encouragement...fit really is a work in progress. ...
    And how. And might even have an "early season" vs. "late season" fit and also depends on hard you are going. The fit on my road bike that really seemed great last fall, seems a little stretched to me this spring. I swapped my 105 stem for a 100 and moved the levers up the bar just a tad and it feels much better. I also noticed that the stretched out doesn't feel as stretched out when I'm going hard w/ my buddies vs. by myself (when I tend to just ride at whatever pace my body and mind are telling me).

    Quote Originally Posted by volosong View Post
    I wonder about this. What exactly is a "6-point practical fit". And at only 30-45 minutes, I'm wondering how much of a fit they can do. My first impression is that it will be a fit that any bike shop would provide upon an initial purchase....When you get home, before changing anything, closely measure everything and write it down. That way, if and when you start moving stuff around, you will always know where to go back to. On-line fit guides will show you what you need to measure and record....Good luck. Please post after your weekend rides to let us know how the fit worked.
    It would be great to hear what they say and do and another photo - similar to the first one - showing the difference. But give yourself at least 2-3 rides, a couple hours in the saddle before you decide you like or dislike the new fit.

    Hm, let's guess the six points:

    Saddle height
    Saddle set back
    cleat position
    stem length
    stem angle
    lever position?

    RE: the Specialized shim-adjustable stems. Like someone said, they're readily available on the Bay and also in Specialized bike shops - very cheap on Ebay, not too expensive new either.

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    ANybody can explain what is that about the specialized shimmed stems?? saw them the other day in ebay but couldnt figure it out why the shim is about, id to change the angle of the stem or something?

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    I hate compact upright geometry as a fellow long legged beast
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    Nick, I don't necessarily like agreeing with you -- but your spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
    ANybody can explain what is that about the specialized shimmed stems?? saw them the other day in ebay but couldnt figure it out why the shim is about, id to change the angle of the stem or something?

    its a stem with multiple two way fitted shims that allow multiple angles. its like have 3 different stems in one....if you needed such a thing.

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