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Old 06-08-17, 02:19 AM
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5'10 size 52

5'10 Bought a 52 sprint allez w 140mm stem to compensate, couldnt resist a deal. Friend same height rides 56. Shop reccomended a 54/56, said 52 would have bad fit/handling. Is this true? Tried a 54 caad 10, could barely get seat low enough. After all, cav raced a 49 and is same height as me, so was buying the 52 the right move?
Side q- bought 36cm bars, trying a ladyfrinds bike I found them wayy better than 42s. I measure 42 and shop said 36s would constrict breathing, is this true?
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Too little information on your body type and hard to figure why the LBS would recommend up to a 56cm when you say it's too big.
Off the top of my head, a 52cm sounds smallish and you will get lots of feedback here on your 140mm stem but then again, I'm 6'2" and ride a 58cm where it should be a 60cm.
Sounds like your mind is made up on the 52cm, can you post a picture and/or your inseam size?
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Ridiculously short 29" inseam for my height, all torso. I guess the deed is done anyway Ill post a picture when the bike is back from the shop. Havent ridden it yet, pretty eager to see how it rides!
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If you already bought it then you are in a better position to judge whether it fits or not than us.

Great job on keeping with the BF tradition of buying first asking questions later though.
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Originally Posted by A11097
5'10 Bought a 52 sprint allez w 140mm stem to compensate, couldnt resist a deal. Friend same height rides 56. Shop reccomended a 54/56, said 52 would have bad fit/handling. Is this true? Tried a 54 caad 10, could barely get seat low enough. After all, cav raced a 49 and is same height as me, so was buying the 52 the right move?
If you have guads like Cavendish and can dial it up to 1200W, and can sprint like a bat out of hell, then yes, you've made the right move!

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Side q- bought 36cm bars, trying a ladyfrinds bike I found them wayy better than 42s. I measure 42 and shop said 36s would constrict breathing, is this true?
I think a size 52 bike would normally come with a 40 cm bar. Going to a 38 might be all right, but a 36 could compromise handling.
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Originally Posted by PepeM
Great job on keeping with the BF tradition of buying first asking questions later though.
Must have been a time-sensitive deal...but indeed, the tradition is alive and well.
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Holy chit. A 52cm for 5'10" ?!?!?! WTH?
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Originally Posted by PepeM
Great job on keeping with the BF tradition of buying first asking questions later though.
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Fwiw, I have an Allez Sprint on order, without having ever test ridden one. So yeah.
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Originally Posted by A11097
Ridiculously short 29" inseam for my height, all torso. I guess the deed is done anyway Ill post a picture when the bike is back from the shop. Havent ridden it yet, pretty eager to see how it rides!
I'm 5-10 with a 29" inseam, I ride 57-58ish bikes.

I don't care if I can't stand over them, the time I am standing over my bike can be measured in seconds on any given day. I care that my long torso fits for the hours it is stretched out over it, necessitating bigger, not smaller, bikes.

Can't say what will work for your situation, but it is what works for me.

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Originally Posted by jefnvk
I'm 5-10 with a 29" inseam, I ride 57-58ish bikes.

I don't care if I can't stand over them, the time I am standing over my bike can be measured in seconds on any given day. I care that my long torso fits for the hours it is stretched out over it, necessitating bigger, not smaller, bikes.
I'm the opposite of you. Short torso, long legs and freaky ape-long arms @ 5'10"

54cm and below feel cramped to me... and 58cm are too large.

I did order my Domane without test riding it... but that was after hours of research and measurements. Plus I had another 56cm bike to compare it to.

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Originally Posted by PepeM
Fwiw, I have an Allez Sprint on order, without having ever test ridden one. So yeah.
Odd coincidence or something...I was looking at this frame this morning,
https://www.kijiji.ca/v-bike-frames-p...ationFlag=true

and contemplating really, really hard on whether or not to make an offer. It's a 52 cm as well and I normally ride a 54, but it just looks small to me.

Should I pick it up and see if it is a good fit?

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Originally Posted by mcours2006
Odd coincidence or something...I was looking at this frame this morning, and contemplating really, really hard on whether or not to make an offer. It's a 52 cm as well and I normally ride a 54, but it just looks small to me.

Should I pick it up and see if it is a good fit?
Make an offer? Ebay or something?

The right thing to do is buy it. Once you have secured it come back and start a thread to ask if you got a good deal and whether it will fit.
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Originally Posted by mcours2006
and contemplating really, really hard on whether or not to make an offer. It's a 52 cm as well and I normally ride a 54, but it just looks small to me.


When I click on the link, it says 53.5.
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Originally Posted by A11097
5'10 Bought a 52 sprint allez w 140mm stem to compensate, couldnt resist a deal. Friend same height rides 56. Shop reccomended a 54/56, said 52 would have bad fit/handling. Is this true? Tried a 54 caad 10, could barely get seat low enough. After all, cav raced a 49 and is same height as me, so was buying the 52 the right move?
Side q- bought 36cm bars, trying a ladyfrinds bike I found them wayy better than 42s. I measure 42 and shop said 36s would constrict breathing, is this true?
Yes, and yes. A bike that doesn't fit is no deal. I am 5'8" and like you, have proportionally short legs to torso. So standover is always an issue. I ride a 55 cm frame. My son is 5'11" and he rides a 57 cm frame.

I have tried my wife's bike, which is a men's Jamis road bike in 52 cm and it feels way too small for me.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk


When I click on the link, it says 53.5.
TT is 53.5, which should be like a medium, but is labelled small. By the length of the headtube it does looks like a small.
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Originally Posted by PepeM
Make an offer? Ebay or something?
Well, yeah. You never pay what they're asking. Duh

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The right thing to do is buy it. Once you have secured it come back and start a thread to ask if you got a good deal and whether it will fit.
Indubitably.
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I'm 5'9" 30in inseam and bought a 56cm with 100mm stem. The first few weeks i was overly stretched out and was constantly stretching and bothered at the shoulders with pressure at the elbows.

Changed the stem to 75mm to make the front hub disappear underneath the handlebar, and not only do my fellow riders notice that my position and fit looks great but i'm as comfortable on it now as i was on the 54cm bike i used prior. The reservations i had about the shorter stem affecting steering was BS as well, the adjustment was natural and my stability is great on the bike.

52cm seems small, but whatever works as there are many factors.

I learned while shopping road bikes from my rider friend that the 3 Bicycle fit philosophies: Competitive, Eddy and French Fit.

Your situation falls under a Competitive fit , fitting into a more grossly oversized frame would be French and mine i'd say falls into Eddy since its supposed to be a balance of both comfort on a slightly larger frame.

You see the 54cm fit me perfect for upright and the particular ergo of that bike (Trek 1.5) but lowest position on the drop bar was too uncomfortable putting me in an unnatural bend, the 56cm on the other hand while being larger gave me a nicer profile with the longer top tube, i just had to compensate for me arm length with the stem. One area sometimes we don't consider with fitment is neck length and body type. I have a shorter muscular neck being a mesomorph so my riding comfort and position in relation to the point of contact with the handle bar will vary from someone with a different makeup.

Good luck with it.

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Originally Posted by A11097
Ridiculously short 29" inseam for my height, all torso. I guess the deed is done anyway Ill post a picture when the bike is back from the shop. Havent ridden it yet, pretty eager to see how it rides!
Same here, have ridden 50s and 52s.
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52 is too small. Don't ever base your fit decisions on the pros. They ride bikes that are relatively uncomfortable in order to get aero advantages.

And they're much more flexible/in better shape than you.
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5'10" w/ 30" inseam here. 52 seems really small, esp in a 'traditional' road bike.
I find 54's a little cramped, unless it's really upright, I usually roll 56's for modern bikes, or 58's in vintage.
I like a nice roomy cockpit.
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Originally Posted by A11097
Tried a 54 caad 10, could barely get seat low enough.

Low enough to reach the pedals?

Some weird math going on here.
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Haha new to this forum thing, didnt know the (admittedly) dingus move of buying bikes then asking q's later was a "tradition" on here xD. Basic takeaway sounds like itll be manageable but not ideal. Im ok with that as long as the bars/seat remain close to the position I need, I gander it will. Ill post pics after the new parts come in!
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Here's a thought. Everything on this page after the first post is "Certified Masculine Bovine End Product."

All posts say, essentially, "Yes, though I have no clue," "No, though I have no clue," or "I ride a completely different bike ... but I am not you so this post is irrelevant."

I could offer as much relevant information by telling you the make and model of the car I drive.

Get the bike. Ride it. Report.
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Originally Posted by Maelochs
All posts say, essentially, "Yes, though I have no clue," "No, though I have no clue," or "I ride a completely different bike ... but I am not you so this post is irrelevant."
OP is almost exactly the same size as me. He asked if a 52 was likely to be too small. As one that rides bikes three or so sizes bigger than that, my experience says yes. For the most part, people of similar size have all come to that same conclusion that the bike is likely too small and racing sizes don't translate to real life sizes, which should provide useful information to the OP.

If all of that is irrelevant advice, there was no point in the OP even starting the thread.
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