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Old 06-02-14, 05:49 PM
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What size is an "XL"?

Hello all,

I'm in the process of trying to figure out what this person has for sale on my local CL. He has a Specialized Tricross that is advertised as an "XL". It's this model here, Specialized Bicycle Components The thing is on Specialized's site they are going by "cm" to discern the various sizes. I would try and go ahead and give instructions for this person to measure the frame, but the thing is this person not very skilled at this things. He's trying to get rid of the bike that wasn't his to begin with. It's been abandon by a relative.

So my question if anyone would knows, was an "XL" in Specialized way of measuring the size, a 58cm or a 61cm? If it's a 58cm then a 61cm was an extra large or an "XXL", right?

Thank you for reading this and I appreciate any and all replies regarding this issue.
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Funny, I'm selling the same bike, a 56cm; but built up from the frame. Specialized uses XL referring to mountain bike geometry, as most do. XL translates to something like a 64cm effective top tube on their mountain bikes, huge. Who knows what this person is thinking?

Just have him/her measure from the middle of the crank up to the top of the down/seat tube. Then you can translate inches to cm and find the geometry on the Specialized page. Don't ask for stand-over or top tube measurements, you will get wild variations depending on how he/she does it..
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i would just have them measure the headtube. i don't look at much more as sizing goes these days, what with sloping top tubes.
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