Apologies for the newb question everyone, but I couldn't seem to find anything in search to help me out. I've been couriering in Toronto for the past five months on a bike that is a combination of chicken wire and pig iron and rides like an anvil on rollerskates, and I want to invest in a faster bike. Then throw my current bike under a bus, light off some fireworks and serve cake to passers-by. The Flite 100 keeps coming up as a good choice - I can get one for about $650 from a certain LBS that has a courier discount, and they don't carry anything else similar, like a Pista or Mark V. My concern is that I'm 6'4'' with a 36cm inseam, so according to the crude measurement on this site, my ideal frame size is 61-62, but of course I can only get the Flite in 60. I don't think I could find a similar bike in the same price range here in Toronto, since prices tend to be marked up quite a bit. Should I go for the Flite?
You'll have approx 2.3" stand over clearance with the 60cm frame, less if you run with 28c tires. Depending on torso and arm length the top tube length (61.5cm) should be fine, you can always go with a longer stem and spacers to raise handlebars for your ideal fit.
Flite is exactly the same as the Mercier Kilo TT, lot's of info on threads about sizing. They run quite big, The 60cm size should be fine for you. Best advice is to go to the LBS and try one.
yeah, i like it. thats the price though, almost 650? with a discount?
This is in Toronto. Canadian Dollar conversion + cost of getting them up here + less bike selection, I assume, than in American cities raises the price on almost anything. I saw a Mark V, with a few add-ons, being sold for almost $1000!