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Old 07-19-16, 12:55 PM   #1
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Tiny Wabi fit issues

I've wanted a Wabi for years now and one recently popped up on CL that falls within my meager budget. The problem is that it's a 49 as measured c-c. I'm 5'11" with a 32.5 inseam. I currently ride an 80's cannonade crit bike that is 53 c-t and has 54cm top tube.
The Wabi's top tube is a wee bit shorter at 53cm. My biggest concern is the standover which is about 30".
I spoke to someone at Wabi about this, who was great, but I didn't really press him because they won't see a cent from the sale. He mentioned I might have to stretch the bike out with a longer stem and possibly an offset seat post.
I'm a new to all this and have the flexibility of someone in the prime of their 40's. I'm really concerned that I won't be able to get the bars up high enough which will force me into a really steep and uncomfortable position and/or potentially damaging my knees.
Can anyone shed some light on stretching a bike in this manner and the how having huge amounts of extended stems can impact the ride?
Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-19-16, 01:23 PM   #2
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The answer you probably don't want to hear is that you should wait and get a bike that fits properly. 49cm and 5'11" doesn't sound like a good fit.

How does stem length affect a bike?s steering and handling? | CyclingTips

Standover height is not relevant. Ignore it.
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Old 07-19-16, 01:28 PM   #3
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Seems like a TINY frame for a guy 5'11".

If everything else, stem and spacers remains the same as your current bike, your saddle to bar drop will be just over an inch greater. You can buy a stem with a greater angle and/or add spacers if the fork's steer tube is long enough.

What is your concern about standover? You'll be towering over the bike.
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Old 07-19-16, 01:30 PM   #4
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I ride the 42/650c right now, but, have considered the 49 for a "townie" setup with some left over 700c wheels. I'm 5' 2". I can't imagine being 5'11" and considering this bike.
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I'm the same height as you with the same inseam. I ride a 56 cm c-c on my road bike. I can't imagine a 49 cm.
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I'm 5'11" and ride a 55cm wabi. Richard said I was between the 55 and the 58. I picked the 55 since I mainly use the Wabi for rides under 3 hours and don't mind the 7cm saddle to bar drop for those distances. I recommend taking a pass on the 49cm.
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Thanks everyone! Glad I asked, this was very helpful.
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