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Calling all fit doctors-please help me!

Old 05-27-08, 08:59 PM
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Calling all fit doctors-please help me!

Ok, so I'm a very difficult case for fitting, and need some assistance. I'm a long leg, short torso guy.

My Competitive Cyclist measurements (tape measure stuff...real accurate ) are:

Gender M
Inseam 33.5 in = 85.09 cm
Trunk 25.5 in = 64.77 cm
Forearm 12 in = 30.48 cm
Arm 25.5 in = 64.77 cm
Thigh 22.5 in = 57.15 cm
Lower Leg 22 in = 55.88 cm
Sternal Notch 57 in = 144.78 cm
Total Body Height 69.5 in = 176.53 cm

I'm looking at the Scattante XRL Cross, geometry listed here: https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=3020

Either the S (51) or the M (54)

and I'm also looking at the Masi Speciale CX geometry listed here:
https://www.masibikes.com/cycles/speciale_cx.php

Either the 53 or the 56

Currently riding a size 56 Surly Cross Check with a 57 cm effective TT, a 400 cm fork (both Masi and Scatt have that, too) and a 121 cm HT. I have a Thomson Elite, so 0 deg offset, and an 80mm, 25 deg rise stem on top of an inch of spacers. I feel like the drop isn't excessive, though maybe more than I'd like, but the reach is still too far.

I like a relaxed fit or what Competitive Cyclist calls the French Fit. Well, actually, I like a little more aggressive, but not a lot. Bars slightly below saddle, meant for longer riding (centuries and multi-day events).


I'm suffering. I know y'all are going to say to go to a shop, but it's just going to be a guy like you guys here giving me suggestions based on the same measurements and looking at the same geometry. I trust you guys more, to be honest. I know some of you are probably the guy at my LBS, but I like the mish-mash of different viewpoints in an open forum.

So, come on, let me have it. Should I go small and spacer it up or should I go large and risk too much reach?

Type of riding is some cross racing, mostly long, all day riding and my commute, of course, which is 40 miles RT a day. I do about 180 miles through the weekdays, and probably another 150 on the weekends.

And thanks to anyone who's willing to chip in their $.02 ahead of time, it's what I love about the 'net.

Adam
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Old 05-27-08, 09:09 PM
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I'm 70.5" tall with a 34" inseam so I know what you're going through. I also have the Performance frame you're looking at. There is no way you'd fit on the small and the medium might still be too small. I'm riding the large and it fits nice. The longer headtube of the large works out well. here's a pic of my bike, you can see that I have quite a bit of seatpost exposed and we have similar inseams, you'd have massive amounts of exposed seatpost on a medium or small.
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Old 05-27-08, 09:25 PM
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size M or the 56. I'd go for the scattante given the choices.
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I opened this thread thinking that you were soliciting medical advice from doctors in good shape. I was wrong so I will now leave.
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Old 05-28-08, 05:22 AM
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Originally Posted by OnTheRivet View Post
I'm 70.5" tall with a 34" inseam so I know what you're going through. I also have the Performance frame you're looking at. There is no way you'd fit on the small and the medium might still be too small. I'm riding the large and it fits nice. The longer headtube of the large works out well. here's a pic of my bike, you can see that I have quite a bit of seatpost exposed and we have similar inseams, you'd have massive amounts of exposed seatpost on a medium or small.
The Surly Cross Check I've been on has a 56 C-T ST and a 57 TT. First of all, the Scat has a 57 C-T ST, so I'd have less seatpost showing, and I already don't have anything like you do on my Surly. I would say fistful and a half.

Moreover, the 57 TT is giving me the problem! It's what began this whole thing.

You might be 70.5" tall with a 34" inseam, but how long are your arms?

Another guy on the forums, csown, bought the 54 and he's 71" with a 33.5" inseam and his looks pretty good, but he also has way longer arms.

The only reason I am considering the small is because of the reach issues I've been having. But, given the two responses I've had so far (and a big thanks to you guys for those) I think I'll spring for the 54 and start playing with fit.

Last question, I was thinking of putting 175mm cranks on this bike because it'll give me a little more room for fit issues. Is this ridiculous?

I ride 165 on my Cannondale, 170 on my Surly, and 175 on my MTB. Some people say they don't notice, but I do. I don't have a problem with 175, but if there's one that someone can think of that I haven't then please stop me before I buy!

Thanks again all...
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I love the 0.1mm accuracy measurements with a measuring tape

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Originally Posted by jupiter422 View Post
I love the 0.1mm accuracy measurements with a measuring tape

I took it down in inches and converted it...what can I say?
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