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Old 09-21-10, 09:55 AM
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CAAD 8 CX sizing

A friend of mine is getting ready to pull the trigger on a CAAD 8CX but
he's not sure of the sizing- he is 5 feet, 10 inches
the LBS is telling him that a 54cm is what he needs. coincidentally
this is the only size they have in stock in the shop. i told him i thought it
might be a little small and a 56 cm would be more appropriate
any suggestions?
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Old 09-21-10, 01:40 PM
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He could probably fit either a 54 or 56. It depends on how he likes to be positioned on the bike. A smaller frame will mean a greater seat to bar drop and more aggressive position on the bike. I'm around 5'10" and have a 56cm cross bike; it fits, but the bike shop swapped the stock stem for a shorter one, and I sit quite upright on the bike (seat and handlebars are almost level). It's nice for long distance riding, but for short fast jaunts around the city, sometimes I wish I had gone with a smaller frame. If I was to get a road bike, I'd probably look at 54cm frames.
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I'm slightly taller than him (5' 11.5", 32" inseam) and my 56 cm CAAD9 fits me perfectly. Every fit chart I've seen says I should ride a 58 cm. I have a shorter stem on it and the seat is up high...I think a 54 cm would be doable for your friend, but as said above, would lead to an agressive riding position.

My commuter is a 58 cm and I sit much more upright. I prefer the fit of my 56cm for the standover height (again, fits me perfectly), but I can easily ride either. A 54 probably is not bad for your friend.
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