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    Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30 Fit

    Hi all. It's a pleasure to be here and I hope to be a regular soon. My name is River(psuedonym) and I've been lurking here for a couple of months.

    I was wondering if someone could help me.

    I was fitted for a bike from my local LBS about a month ago and had a final fitting for the bike today although I didn't take possession of it. I was ecstatic that the bike was finally here and so I think I willed myself into believing it was a good fit. When I finally got home about 3 hours ago I started reading the literature that comes with the bike and realized then that this bike probably doesn't fit me.

    My last bike was a Trek Navigator 100 and before that was a Cannondale SR400(?) or R400.

    The bike is a 2008 Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30 and, as stated, it came in and was built today. The bike shop, whose name I will not mention, takes great pride in fitting their patrons but I don't believe this one fits. The top tube is touching my crotch but I'm so stretched out that I'm actually touching the front of the seat instead and not really sitting in it. I believe the size of the bike is a 55cm. I'm 5' 10" if that means anything. The literature says the standover height is "the distance from the ground to the top of the top tube at that point where your crotch would be if you were straddling the bhe bike by standing halfway between the saddle and the handlebar." The bone in my crotch was touching the bar right at the seat. I'm sure this isn't right. I will say this. This bike wasn't at all comfortable due to may being stretched.

    Like I said, I haven't taken possesion of the bike nor have I even ridden it but it is paid for. I was waiting for some SKS sneaker pedals to be delivered from Rivendell before I take possession.

    Am I in to far? How much of an inconvenience will this be to the LBS?


    Thanks for the shoulder.
    River

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    I'm a tad shorter than you with a 34 inseam.
    I am going to try the 52 and the 55 but I have been leaning more toward the 52 since I have been told these bikes fit a big big.
    But I would say the 55 is right for you unless you have shorter arms.
    The Rocky rep informed my LBS that the 2008's will not be produced until very late in the year after the higher volume MTB's are done. And the soonest I would recieve mine is in January.
    I have a deposit on mine right now.
    Are you sure it's an 08?

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    I'm betting the bike fits if you get a different stem. Relax, I'll bet the LBS can fix you up--after all it's what they do!

    Enjoy your new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    ....The Rocky rep informed my LBS that the 2008's will not be produced until very late in the year after the higher volume MTB's are done. And the soonest I would recieve mine is in January.
    I have a deposit on mine right now.
    Are you sure it's an 08?
    From what I was lead to believe(...and I do believe it's true), The 2008's are in right now. I was sitting on one about 4 hours ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverShark View Post
    From what I was lead to believe(...and I do believe it's true), The 2008's are in right now. I was sitting on one about 4 hours ago!
    They told me that the 08's aren't even on the web yet and that he couldn't give me a brochure as he only got two from the rep at the big bike show in Quebec two weeks ago.
    He also talked to the rep on the phone when he ordered a 52 and a 55 Sherpa 30 (which I get to choose from!) and was told late this year or January for the Sherpa 30.
    They are also making two steel framed Sherpa's for 08.
    The 30 and the lower spec'd 10.
    The aluminum disc braked Sherpa is history.

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    From what I was led to believe...their were no more 2007's around and that the run of 2008's were just finishing up a couple of weeks ago. Mine was ordered on September 17th and came in this week. FWIW, the only color available is black, at least at this time.

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    The 30 is black like last year and the 10 is kind of a pewter color.
    This is weird.
    I have delt with my LBS for decades so I do trust them. And I live in Canada.
    I don't get it.
    If you want, call Dutch Cycle in Regina and ask for Fred. 306 522 0484
    Maybe your getting 08's before the rest of Canada?
    Very strange indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    ...Very strange indeed.
    Agreed.

    RS

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    And since it will be frozen solid here in a couple of weeks I guess I can wait until January anyways!
    Good luck with your new Sherpa. I think these are very good bikes for the money.
    I guess one way to tell is that the crank has changed and is now an external bearing unit from the FSA ISIS.

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    Inseam is not necessarily the most important measurement. The Sherpa tends run big, so Tacomee's suggestion that a different stem might be the trick. I have the 2006 (red!) 50cm frame. [edit:] I'm 5'8" with a 33cm inseam.

    There's an older thread in this forum about the Sherpa; if you haven't read it yet, it might be useful to you. There's a larger sample size of inseams and corresponding frame sizes there, and these data might help you confirm (or disprove) that the frame size that your bike shop recommended is the correct size. The thread is:

    rocky mountain sherpa 30

    Good luck.
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    Thx to both.

    As my wife just pointed out, I get like this whenever I spend what I consider a significant amount of money on anything. Still, I am beginning to wonder if I was really on a 2008 today. Just what I needed-to introduce a bit of doubt into the equation. I'm sure it was since the timing of the release is consistent with the release of other manufacturers 08's. But still...makes you wonder.

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    Check the crank.
    If it's an FSA ISIS it will be an 07.
    But then again I bought a new Kona 2 years ago at this time and it had a mix of 05 and 06 parts on it.
    Either way its a new bike.

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    Completely understandable, RiverShark.

    I confess that I haven't ridden mine much (I got it about 2 months ago) because I don't want to get it dirty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiverShark View Post
    Hi all. It's a pleasure to be here and I hope to be a regular soon. My name is River(psuedonym) and I've been lurking here for a couple of months.

    I was wondering if someone could help me.

    I was fitted for a bike from my local LBS about a month ago and had a final fitting for the bike today although I didn't take possession of it. I was ecstatic that the bike was finally here and so I think I willed myself into believing it was a good fit. When I finally got home about 3 hours ago I started reading the literature that comes with the bike and realized then that this bike probably doesn't fit me.

    My last bike was a Trek Navigator 100 and before that was a Cannondale SR400(?) or R400.

    The bike is a 2008 Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30 and, as stated, it came in and was built today. The bike shop, whose name I will not mention, takes great pride in fitting their patrons but I don't believe this one fits. The top tube is touching my crotch but I'm so stretched out that I'm actually touching the front of the seat instead and not really sitting in it. I believe the size of the bike is a 55cm. I'm 5' 10" if that means anything. The literature says the standover height is "the distance from the ground to the top of the top tube at that point where your crotch would be if you were straddling the bhe bike by standing halfway between the saddle and the handlebar." The bone in my crotch was touching the bar right at the seat. I'm sure this isn't right. I will say this. This bike wasn't at all comfortable due to may being stretched.

    Like I said, I haven't taken possesion of the bike nor have I even ridden it but it is paid for. I was waiting for some SKS sneaker pedals to be delivered from Rivendell before I take possession.

    Am I in to far? How much of an inconvenience will this be to the LBS?


    Thanks for the shoulder.
    River
    Usually someone your height would ride a 53 or 54 for a road frame but 55 is pretty close and a touring frame can be a little bigger. However, the frame being a touring frame might be measured a little different.

    In any regard, the frame should not be hitting your crotch. THere should be at least 1-2 inches of clearance for a touring frame. The stem is probably not right but if your feeling really stretched out the frame is probably too big. Take it back right away.

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    Ah, every road bike I've ever owned-- the top tube touched my crotch! Really! That's the way I was taught that bikes are suppost to fit.

    The truth is there is no, and I mean no, right way to fit a bike. Take 2 guys the same size and one rides a 55cm and the other a 58cm frame. It's all personal choice.

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    If you felt stretched out on the bike, the LBS didn't do something to solve the problem?
    When you buy a road bike they should put you on the trainer and see how you feel with the position.
    Then bit after bit try to change seat, handlebar, stem... In order to find the fit.
    I do think this is not big frame.
    Just go there and sit in the shop until you will feel good on the bike.

    Bigger frames are good for touring and its good that the top tube touches you. It means that your LBS don't fit you like a triathlon racer, but as a loaded touring guy, which is rare!

    Take your time, relax and find your fit.
    Good luck
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