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Old 02-19-06, 07:41 AM
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Hi everyone! This is my first post!

Im trying to buy a bike and I have a problem that may have happened to some of you.
It seems that, following the standards, my inseam and height dont match. That is, my legs are too short for my body. Im 187cm (almost 6'2) and my inseam is 81.5 cm (32'').

So accordingly to my inseam I should buy a 53-54cm frame, but accordingly to my height I would need a 60cm. So the question is,
which is the best frame size for me?
Neither the 53 nor the 60, but the 57?

Best regards,
Iago
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Old 02-19-06, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by muinos
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Hi everyone! This is my first post!

Im trying to buy a bike and I have a problem that may have happened to some of you.
It seems that, following the standards, my inseam and height dont match. That is, my legs are too short for my body. Im 187cm (almost 6'2) and my inseam is 81.5 cm (32'').

So accordingly to my inseam I should buy a 53-54cm frame, but accordingly to my height I would need a 60cm. So the question is,
which is the best frame size for me?
Neither the 53 nor the 60, but the 57?

Best regards,
Iago
I'd reccomend you go to a good local bike shop and get fitted properly. You might be okay with a 57, but it's hard to say for sure. a compact frame with a sloping top tube might even work better for you.

good luck!

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Old 02-19-06, 07:47 AM
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Well #1 would be go custom. If you can't afford that then you need a compact frame for the stand over height...look at bikes like Giant, and Viner (check this link: https://cgi.ebay.com/55cm-Viner-Airpl...QQcmdZViewItem ) he has other sizes too but that 55 has a 57cm ctc TT. Also Lemonds tend to have longer TTs than their size would indicate.

#2 you will probablyneed a longer stem than the size bike you get generally comes with so be sure you go to a LBS that does good fittings.
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I measure almost the same, I ride a 60.

The bigger problem with fit is going to be streaching you out along the top tube.

You can adjust the seat easy for the right fit in the legs, but long stems and such to get your reach right is harder.


Go to a good local shop and they should be able to fit you.
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Compact frames may the answer; if custom isn't possible.

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Maybe some feedback on why the 60c frame did not size right (I'm assuming that's a 60 c-to-c measurement as opposed to 60c being the length of the seat tube because the latter probably would not be a big a bike for a anyone over 6').

If for good reasons a 60c frame doesn't work, I'd predict that a 59c bike (measured c-to-c) could be set up to fit a wide range of riding postures and preferences for someone of your size (especially if you like a fairly agressive posture as a newer bike will have a threadless-type stem and that usually does not allow a lot of elevation).

My guess is that whatever ergo chart you looked at that suggested a 53c frame cannot be correct: you'd look like a rottweiler humping a hampster.


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Old 02-19-06, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by muinos
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Hi everyone! This is my first post!

Im trying to buy a bike and I have a problem that may have happened to some of you.
It seems that, following the standards, my inseam and height dont match. That is, my legs are too short for my body. Im 187cm (almost 6'2) and my inseam is 81.5 cm (32'').

So accordingly to my inseam I should buy a 53-54cm frame, but accordingly to my height I would need a 60cm. So the question is,
which is the best frame size for me?
Neither the 53 nor the 60, but the 57?

Best regards,
Iago
Is the 32" inseam your pant inseam or cycling inseam? As where the crotch on your pants hang is not where the saddle is going to be most of the time. the 2 can be different by inch(es).

You really need to fit the tube tube as much as the the legs. I think the compacts are where you need to be looking for a stock bike most likely XL frames.

You may also want to look at Lemonds but the seat tube may be to tall.
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Old 02-19-06, 05:21 PM
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Same deal here, welcome fellow freak. If you want to buy off the rack you just have to ride lot's of frames. For me I ended up with a Giant OCR Limited in a large size. Prior to that I rode a 57cm Serotta Fierte that fit well.
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Old 02-19-06, 05:30 PM
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By my calculations you need a 56 cm with a long top tube. Say something like the Fuji Roubaix SL 56 cm (c-top of seat tube) with a 130 mm stem?
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Old 02-19-06, 05:31 PM
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I'm 6'2" with an inseam of 32"

I ride a 59cm Trek YFoil. It is a perfect fit for me.
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I have the same demensions but am smaller. 29" inseam, 5'7". Shortlegs runs in the family, something we brought over from France.

Anyway, I rode A LOT of road bikes one summer and I kept coming back to the Giant OCR line. This is a compact frame, but the right length so that it fits me like a custom. I have ridden about 2600 miles on this off the rack bike and while my short legs might get tired, the bike itself does not wear me out.

Think Giant.
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Old 02-20-06, 08:40 AM
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I have the exact same dimensions and I went for a Giant compact frame size large. It had a 58.5 long toptube and a 55.5 seat tube. I actually felt a little too stretched out (perhaps I have short arms too) so I have now moved onto a 57cm Jamis Quest. Really though its about trying out different bikes and finding what you feel comfortable on.
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I'm almost exactly the same size as you and ride a 2002 57 cm Lemond Zurich with a 110 mm stem. Lemond geometry is pretty good for riders with a long torso.
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Yup, you just need a bike with a proportionally long top tube. Compact frame with the bars all the way down, and a not-so-long seatpost should do you. I'd go to a local bike shop and tell them this, and you should be able to find something.
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Old 02-21-06, 09:16 PM
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Definitely look into the Lemonds - they have longer top tubes and some of the newer models come in a sloped top tube design. For example the 55cm Lemond has a 56.5 cm effective top tube and a sloped top tube design.

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