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Sizing question - sort of a newb

Old 04-21-10, 08:41 PM
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Sizing question - sort of a newb

I am 5-11.5 with a 34.5 inseam. The Eddy Merckx fit from Competitive Cyclist suggests a bike with a 56cm to 57cm TT.

I can get a 56 cm Fuji Team Pro (Carbon with Ultegra) for ~$1,500 plus double points from Performance. The TT on this bike is 56cm, which is in line with the above suggestion.

When I tried this bike on a trainer today, I felt like I was reaching more than I do now on my Fuji Newest. They swapped the 110 mm stem for a 90 mm stem and I still felt the same about the reach.

Is this a function of a different geometry on the bike that I just need to get used to or am I looking at the wrong size? They had a 54 cm Team CR, which has a 54 cm TT and that didn't feel a whole lot better.

Also, I am 205 lbs - is that too heavy for a carbon bike?

Any help/advice will be much appreciated.
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Old 04-21-10, 09:01 PM
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I'm not sure about the reach, but you aren't too heavy for carbon.

Try to match up with your older bike (if you're comfortable on it). I've heard a rough way to gauge correct stem length is to place our hands on the hood while seated. The bar should be covering where the fork end (and skewers) is.
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Just out of curiosity, are we all measuring our inseam with shoes off? I am 6' with a 32" inseam, but I'm not a freak. All you guys that are my height have inseams 2"+ longer than mine.
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^^ I think I am not a freak either, but I'm 5'8" and have a 33" inseam. Wife is 5'3.5' and has 31.5" inseam.
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^^ I think I am not a freak either, but I'm 5'8" and have a 33" inseam. My wife is 5'3.5" and has a 31.5" inseam.
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Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
^^ I think I am not a freak either, but I'm 5'8" and have a 33" inseam. My wife is 5'3.5" and has a 31.5" inseam.
Those are some legs, sir.
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Cycling inseam is measured from the floor to saddle-like crotch contact in bare feet. A 32 inch or 81cm inseam would be quite short of a 6' rider. I'm at the opposite extreme. 5'-6.5" tall with an 83cm inseam and 73cm saddle height.

Back to the OP's question. You didn't mention the size of the Fuji Newest, but the 54cm has the same reach as a 56cm Team Pro. The big difference is in the head tube length. Compare the head tube length, with the headset and spacers. Most likely, the Team Pro was setup with the bars a lot lower. No mention was made of the saddle to bar drop on either model.

What's more important than your 87-88cm cycling inseam is your actual saddle height. It should be around 77cm. The head tube on a 56cm Team Pro is on the short side for that saddle height and would probably require a high rise stem for most people. You might want to look at other brands with a model that has a taller head tube for a more recreational fit.

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Originally Posted by Toddorado View Post
Just out of curiosity, are we all measuring our inseam with shoes off? I am 6' with a 32" inseam, but I'm not a freak. All you guys that are my height have inseams 2"+ longer than mine.
something seems unusual about your size, I am 5``7 (170cm) the inseam is 80cm 31.5`` , and have a 54 cm frame
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