LF for the accentdeprived
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I may be ostracized (sp?) for saying that, but I think you can make do with a slightly mis-sized frame pretty well.
It's hard to tell without seeing you in person on the bike, of course. But if you have a long torso, then the longer top tube of the largish frame should fit you fine. If you have no standover issue and don't mind the look of the bike with only little seatpost showing, then the only possible problem remaining is the handlebar height. You might be able to address that with a new stem, or leave it as it is: a high bar wil be more comfy than sporty or aero, but if that's fine with you...
BTW, 56 for a 5'11 guy should be OK, shouldn't it?
I must link an Hungarian public education video that advises against (among other things) using a too large frame. It's the first on the page titled "Kerékpáros oktatófilm a 70-es évekből" Funny as hell. Enjoy.