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Old 07-19-08, 12:41 AM   #1
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Question on Steamroller

I know this kind of question gets asked all the time and I've actually tried searching around a bunch but to no avail. Frankly, I need help sizing for a Steamroller. I'm 5'9". Inseam is 826mm, torso is 660mm, and my arm length is about 635mm. I'm unable to decide if a 53cm or a 56cm would be best in this situation. I know the toptube on the Steamroller is quite long so I'm leaning more towards the 53cm. However, I know that stack and reach can come into play more importantly in this situation and am not too sure about either on either bike.

I know the quickest solution would to go test ride the bike and be fitted by my lbs but unfortunately the one in my town only carries a handful of Raleigh's, then a bunch of Haro bmx bikes. Pretty crappy selection and they've always acted very unhelpful before too.

Thanks ahead of time.
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Old 07-19-08, 06:47 AM   #2
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I am just about the same size 5'9, 82.4 PBH and the 53 is just great

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Old 07-19-08, 07:11 AM   #3
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its easier to make a bike fit larger then fit smaller. I say go with the 53 but im sure you will fit both comfortably.
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No doubt, a 53 would be more comfortable
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Old 07-19-08, 11:52 AM   #5
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I was pretty sure I would go for the 53 but just needed some reassuring. Thanks for the replies.

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I'm 5'10 and I'm considering between 49 and 53. Heavily leaning toward 49, short legs
I tried on dozens of different ss, fixed, track bikes, and so far steamroller comes in #1.
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Hmm that makes me wonder if I myself should consider the 49. You are an inch taller than me and I've never considered my legs to be really long but I guess they are a decent length. However judging by how similar my PBH is to sfswanson's up there and that the 53 is great for him it would probably be a good size for me.
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actually today is the day i decide between 49 and 53, going out to try out the 53 in 30 min
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