Last August I purchased a 47cm Randonee for my girlfriend and a 52cm for myself. The only other size in stock was a 57cm which felt too big. I took the 52cm for a lengthy test ride and it actually felt pretty good. They had a sale going on so I pulled the trigger and brought it home.
After replacing the orginal foam saddle with a Brooks B.17, I just haven't been able to get the fit right. The Brooks appears to sit about 3/4" to 1" forward compared to the original saddle, which puts my rear end right on the rivets. I've tried 3 different stems which haven't done much to solve my problem. After talking to the REI bike shop guy this morning, he said he was surprised that they let me leave with a 52cm based on my height (5' 10"ish). I should have tried a 55cm, but due to the sale and lack of stock, I got too excited and went with what they had.
So, tonight I have to strip the saddle, fenders, pedals, bottle cages, cycle computer and everything else that I enjoyed mounting. It's a little difficult admitting defeat, but I don't see the bike ever fitting correctly. I'll get a full refund, which is nice, but I'm back to square one. I need to find a decent Trek, Surley or whatever and this time I'll take extra time to make sure it fits. Lesson(s) learned...
Anyone have any experience with the '09 Randonee? It doesn't look quite the same.