Can you stand another post about LHT sizing? I'm scrounging the forums and using Google to read anything I can about the sizing of this bike. As I've stated in my other post about the LHT as an all-around bike, I prefer riding more upright than stretched out. Not as upright as a hybrid, but less stretched out than even my Roubaix which has a comfortable geometry as road bikes go. I enjoy a "check-out-the-scenery" position.
Last weekend I test rode the 54cm LHT. I loved it. It is *very* close to meeting my ideal with out any changes whatsoever. Since then, I've been doing a lot of research and studying the size chart against my measurements and those of the Roubaix, just to be certain that the 54cm is right for me, and I noticed something interesting on the LHT size chart.
While the ST and TT lengths and SO height continue to increase with each larger size, the length of the HT drops from 182mm on the 54 to 152mm on the 56. Therefore, on the 56, while the ST would be taller and the TT longer, the HT would be shorter. I would be much more stretched out and further adjustments would be needed. This seems to point directly to the 54cm frame for me. Or am I missing something???
I got these numbers from the size chart at the Surly site. Is the decrease in HT length typical on touring bikes?
BTW, my inseam is 33" (bare feet to PB).