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Old 09-07-06, 01:51 PM   #1
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New here..questions regarding the langster

Hey all, I picked up this bike off of Craigslist 2 weeks ago


It's my first Single Speed Bike.
So far I like it alot, however, when I bought the bike, the guy I bought it from wasn't sure of the frame size. I'm 5'6" and I feel like the bars are a tiny bit too far out there for me. I know I can probably replace the stem to alleviate that, but does anyone know if the frame size is indicated on the langster anywhere? The obvious answer being to just measure the top tube, but I dont have anything to do that with..

Also, does anyone have any suggestions for replacements for the front fork?

Anyway, TIA.

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Old 09-07-06, 01:55 PM   #2
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yeah, with sloping top tubes physical measurements lose their meaning. i think you've got the right idea with the stem.

i've ridden my cheapo nashbar carbon road fork for many many miles and it's done right by me.
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Old 09-07-06, 01:58 PM   #3
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frame size is generally measured more by the down tube, ratherthan the top tube (although i suppose they both matter). if your only complaint is the bars being too far away, just get a new stem. $20. the one on there right now looks pretty long.
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I'm 5'11 and used to own a 58 before I gave it to a friend that needed it more than me. I would say that is a 56, maaaaaybe a 54. the space between where the top and bottom tubes on the 58 is obviously larger than on yours. I also know someone that has a 52 and the tubes are touching but Ive never seen a 54. process of elimination says its one of the 2 but I would believe what the seller told you.

get a cheap short stem and move the seat a little further forward and you will be good to go. also, check to see how your legs feel after a moderately long ride, you might need to change the height.
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Old 09-07-06, 03:55 PM   #5
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how long have you been riding road bikes? you may want to hold off on making any changes until you are sure.. or go to a shop and have them take a look at your fit
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How's the standover? That's a good place to start.
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It looks like the stem is pointing down (used for a more racing/velo set up). If you were to flip it the bars would be more upright and closer to you.
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thanks for the input everyone

duh i never thought about just flipping the stem..ill definitely start there, im going to move the seat forward
a little bit also

stand over is fine, when im just standing over the top tube both of my feet touch the ground.

the height I think is ok right now my legs feel fine
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Flip it! (the whole bike, see if the size is stamped into the bottom bracket shell)
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I flipped it and there is something stamped there although I dont think it has anything to do with frame size. do you think its a long shot to email specialized with that number and see what they say?

i rode with a friend who has a 56cm and it looks to be about the same size..i guess thats what it is at this point..*shrugs

again thanks for all the input
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When they are bought new they come with a sticker on it that says what size it is. I am fairly sure it is not stamped into the frame anywhere.

I own a 56 and a 59 Langster, that picture looks like a 56 to me.
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Old 09-10-06, 07:43 PM   #12
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frame size is generally measured more by the down tube, ratherthan the top tube (although i suppose they both matter). if your only complaint is the bars being too far away, just get a new stem. $20. the one on there right now looks pretty long.
I'm sure you meant seattube. The downtube goes from the fork to the bottom bracket. To measure the seattube, hold a meter stick on the seattube, and eyeball the measurement that is the same height as the top of the frame, this will give you an idea of size.
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^ saved my the trouble of pointing that out...

no need to eyeball that theroretical intersection point... specialized publishes a c-c and c-t measurement for their compact frames. I'd say it's either a 54 or 56.
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCGeo...jsp?spid=12395

given a geometry chart, headtube length IMHO is a good way to size up compact frames.
that's a really long stem for a frame that size. swap it out for something shorter.

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Old 09-11-06, 02:41 PM   #14
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i was thinking about maybe a 60 mm stem..anyone have any input regarding profile design products?

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=2907
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