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Bianchi Volpe Sizing

Old 06-25-13, 12:05 PM
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Bianchi Volpe Sizing

Hi all, looking to get my first serious bike. I am looking for something that can be ridden around town, on not so perfect roads, will give me a good workout, and also allow me to carry something small on the back (assuming I get a rack). The Bianchi Volpe seems to fit the bill quite well, but I am confused about sizing.

So far I have test ridden a Trek hybrid and road bike in a 56 (fitted on this by the LBS), and a Bianci Volpe in a 53 and a Bianchi Via Nerone (I believe it was called) in a 53. The Bianchi dealer did not have any 55s, and never mentioned having me try one.

I am 5' 10", with a 30" inseam, and am concerned about getting the wrong size, as I will have to order. Any thoughts on the 53 vs the 55 for me?

I am also planning to take a look at the Bianchi Camaleonte and Specialized Tricross this weekend to compare.

Please let me know if I am not providing sufficient details, and thanks in advance for your responses! I posted this in the sizing forum as well, but figured this may be a good place to post it as this section has a fair amount of Volpe talk. Please let me know if I should be deleting one.
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I have an older Volpe in 55 and it's one of my favorite bikes. I'm 5' 11" and have a 34" cycling inseam.

Of course, this should mean nothing, since those numbers don't tell you anything about my flexibility or how strong of a rider I am, or more importantly, what kind of riding I want to do on this bike. We could have the exact same measurements and prefer different sizes. If you are just starting out, test rides are the only way to know. Are there other dealers you could visit to try the 55?
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I'm 5' 8" with a 30" inseam and ride the 51, however, I ride an Imola, not a Volpe, but IMO the Imola is practically the same bike without canti brakes.

This was a very difficult bike for me to find locally. The only ones my LBS had were a 53 and a 61 (!!), and that 53 felt good, but I just wasn't comfortable buying it despite the great price, (2011 model in late 2012, $1050 including taxes.) I ended up having to order the 51 and I paid almost $300 more, but a good fit is a good fit, and I couldn't get that with the 53.
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