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Old 09-14-05, 04:51 PM   #1
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Steamroller riders, help me...

I'm ordering a Surly Steamroller tommorow but I can't decide on a size. I'd get a 57 or 58 and be fine but the only come in 56 and then jump to 59. I know people say that they like there track frames a little smaller than normal but I just want to make sure. Anyone close to my height (6 foot) ride either of those sizes? What do you guys think?
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Old 09-14-05, 04:57 PM   #2
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I'm 6 feet exactly. I ride the 56 - it has a 56.8 cm top tube (that's probably the most important dimension to get right), and that's even a tad (like 0.5 cm) bit long for me, but I have a short torso and long arms.
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Old 09-14-05, 05:19 PM   #3
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Steamrollers tend to run a bit long. I'd go for the 56.
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I just gotna Steamroller frame a couple of weeks ago but have yet to put it together. I think it's the largest or close to it, maybe it's a 61 or 62. I'm 6'2", so I figured it would be a perfecr size. My current rig, an 04' Pista, is a 61cm frame, and it fits me perfectly. I think you should go with a 59cm frame, but that's just my opinion. Roll with it, baby.......
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If it doesn't look like it's your size, why bother?
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the guy at the lbs i don't go to anymore says they are pretty heavy
any truth to that?
he is also an *******
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I believe that size is measured center to top. So a 56 is more like a 54.5 or 55 and the 59 is more like a 58. As another poster said, the top tube length is more important. I think a 56.8 cm top tube would fit a 6'0" rder well. So I would go with the 56 if I were you.
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i'm 6'1" or 6'2" ish, with long legs, and ride a 56cm steamroller. and it doesn't look goofy or undersized at all. very comfortable.
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Yeah, my Steamroller seems a little heavy, but then again I'm compairing it to my Pista, which is slightly lighter, but who cares at this point?
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Tell your LBS ******* about my Steamroller. It's plenty light.

http://web.mit.edu/psn/www/step2/IMG_0713.jpg

[Edit: Ok, I concede that the frame is hardly the lightest thing ever, but unless you want to blow through the 15 lbs. barrier, you can still make a Steamroller pretty light, i.e. less than 16.5 lbs when I'm done.]

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