Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

6"2 on a 58 Cannondale frame?

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

6"2 on a 58 Cannondale frame?

Old 10-21-10, 06:49 PM
  #1  
Exit3
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Swamps of Jersey
Posts: 119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
6"2 on a 58 Cannondale frame?

I am thinking about buying my first road bike. It's a CAAD9-7 2009 left over from 2009 for $750. The LBS only has the 58 size. I rode around on it for a bit and it feels okay, but I am used to hybrids and I'm not sure if I am fitted correctly. The LBS guy says I am, but one of my biker buds suggested a 60 would be better. Are they just trying to get me to buy up their old inventory?
Exit3 is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 08:02 PM
  #2  
teterider
On the Move
 
teterider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,219

Bikes: Lots

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You can't ask an internet forum if a bike fits.

That being said, a 58cm can fit a 6'2" person perfectly based on personal knowledge.

Last edited by teterider; 10-22-10 at 07:48 AM.
teterider is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 08:17 PM
  #3  
derek.fulmer
Senior Member
 
derek.fulmer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 465
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm 6'3" and test rode a 58cm CAAD9-5 and it fit perfectly. I'd say you'll fit great on the CAAD9-7 as well.
derek.fulmer is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 08:19 PM
  #4  
cappuccino911
Banned.
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 732
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
if they were trying to get you to buy anything, they would get you on the proper fitting 2010 bike and charge you 500 more. I'm 6'3" and ride a 60cm but it's setup pretty aggressively. A lot of things come into play. There is a good chance it will fit you. if anything it would be a bit too small and set you up pretty aggressively which might be uncomfortable. there are more factors than just the seat tube length and it has a lot to do with your proportions. At that price, someone will buy it sooner or later and probably sooner so I don't think they are really trying to put one over on you.
cappuccino911 is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 08:40 PM
  #5  
GP 
Senior Member
 
GP's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 7,629
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
There's more to sizing a bike than your height.

Ride several bikes before you buy one.
GP is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 08:50 PM
  #6  
ErichM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Posts: 790
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm 6'2" and my first road bike is a 60cm. It (Madone 5.1) is still kinda beating me up a bit as I get into shape, I can't imagine a 58 cm right now. Having said that I'm a bit heavier than I want to be and not as flexible as I should be. If you are in good shape and with a more relaxed geometry bike I see no reason why a 58 cm bike wouldn't fit you. All depends on the rider though, and way more than the rider's height.

I had a hybrid before I bought a road bike as well. Hated the hybrid, love the road bike. The problem I think you run into is the same problem I had. What feels right? It is a tough call to make when you're doing a test drive.

A couple months and 1,200 miles later I'm starting to get an idea for what I like and don't like about my position on the bike. I'm making changes as I go to deal with them.

I think for your first bike you might just have to bite the bullet and try one size or another and see how it goes. A 58cm might be a bit more aggressive but if you're in good shape, go for it.
ErichM is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 08:50 PM
  #7  
daxr
Senior Member
 
daxr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: K.F., Orygun
Posts: 905

Bikes: 08 Giant Boulder, 08 Scattante XLR

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I'm 6'2" and ride a 58cm Caad7. As far as I'm concerned it fits perfectly in the middle of the adjustment range - one 5mm spacer on the 100mm stem and a little less than average seatpost showing.

on edit - I commute on a 60cm Scattante road bike (with as beefy a tire as it will fit). The top tube length is identical, and to get the same reach and BB centering I just use a seatpost with less setback on the commuter.
daxr is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 08:53 PM
  #8  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 21,227
Mentioned: 67 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12068 Post(s)
Liked 3,429 Times in 1,912 Posts
Originally Posted by Exit3 View Post
I rode around on it for a bit and it feels okay, but I am used to hybrids and I'm not sure if I am fitted correctly.
The road position takes some getting used to, whether you have a good fit or not. That makes things harder in your position ... my first road bike had cross brakes, which helped a lot.

Whether this bike will fit you well or not depends how long your arms and legs are; some people your height are orang utans, and others are t-rex. That's why you can't trust any definitive advice about this, unless you get the tape measure out. For what it's worth, I'm 6'1" with long legs, on a 58 cm Cervelo. I could benefit from the next size up, but this works.

Will they let you take the bike for a long test ride? If you tell them you're interested, but not sure about the fit, then leave your ID, it's pretty reasonable.

If you get the bike, you'll wind up with a lot of seat post showing, and possibly buying a stem ( $30 - LBS might swap it out on the house ) to get more reach.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 09:29 PM
  #9  
jdgesus 
sɹɐʇsɟoןןnɟsʇıbɟɯo
 
jdgesus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: seattle, too many links
Posts: 3,986

Bikes: fixed gear recumbent trike

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
you have long arms? or more legs?
jdgesus is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 09:35 PM
  #10  
Sylv
Philly Fanatic
 
Sylv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 168

Bikes: 2010 Tarmac Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Frame size depends on a lot more than your height. A good shop should measure different parts of your body, throw you and the bike on a trainer and analyze your ride position and pedal strokes, then either keep you on the 'typical frame size' they initially selected, make minor adjustments to components to make it work, or size you up/down on the frame. If your shop is the type of place where an 18 year old has a hex wrench and only knows how to move a seat up and down... good luck.

That being said... unless you have some weird proportions 58CM is fine for a 6'2'' person. A 60CM wouldn't automatically be "better", that would depend upon your flexibility, preferred riding position, etc.
Sylv is offline  
Old 10-21-10, 10:21 PM
  #11  
adclark
What's a bike?
 
adclark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 611

Bikes: Bianchi Veloce

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
It really depends on your size as other people have said. I am 6'2" and ride a 63cm bike, so it really does just depend. Ride it, and if it is comfortable, buy it.
adclark is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 07:20 AM
  #12  
mathwheels
Senior Member
 
mathwheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CT
Posts: 221

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9 5...duh!

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
im exactly 6'2" and was professionally fitted for and ride a 2010 caad9 5 58cm. 60 would be to big for me. the 58 is perfect. one word of advice don't buy to big. done it once and never felt comfortable on the bike. Center of balance was just to high.
mathwheels is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 07:27 AM
  #13  
skijor
on by
 
skijor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 949

Bikes: Waterford RS-33, Salsa Vaya, Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 683 Post(s)
Liked 193 Times in 118 Posts
Originally Posted by mathwheels View Post
im exactly 6'2" and was professionally fitted for and ride a 2010 caad9 5 58cm. 60 would be to big for me. the 58 is perfect. one word of advice don't buy to big. done it once and never felt comfortable on the bike. Center of balance was just to high.
This. It's easier to tweak a slightly too small frame than one that is too big. A 58cm could fit. I'm 6'0 and ride a 58cm. Odds are a 60cm would be better for you. But seriously, get a professional fit and the results can be used for all future bike purchases...assuming you have stopped growing.
skijor is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 07:35 AM
  #14  
merlinextraligh
pan y agua
 
merlinextraligh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Jacksonville
Posts: 30,555

Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1000 Post(s)
Liked 130 Times in 73 Posts
+1 on you can't fit other the internet.

+1 on there is way more than height to fitting a bike.

That said, the trend these days is to fit people on smaller frames. I'm 6'1" and the bikes I fit best on have a 57.5cm top tube (which is really the measurment you want to focus on more than seat tube length.)

Given that 58cm would be my guess for the right size, with no other information than your height, the fact that you say it feels ok, and the fact the guy at the LBS, who presumably fits people regularly, and has actually seen you on the bike, says it fits, I'd say you likely fit on 58cm C dale.
__________________
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.
merlinextraligh is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 08:00 AM
  #15  
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 13,967
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1240 Post(s)
Liked 786 Times in 477 Posts
A lot depends on the height of the bars and how flexible you are. If the bars are high enough without an absurd number of spacers then it might work.
I use a 63 frame to get a tall enough head tube.
big john is online now  
Old 10-22-10, 10:39 AM
  #16  
hobkirk
Retired dabbler
 
hobkirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Acton, MA (20 miles west of Boston) - GORGEOUS cycling territory!
Posts: 785

Bikes: 2007 Specialized Roubaix Elite Triple - 1st ride = century 9/19/2010 , Ultegra

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Frame size differs between different makes and models -
  • I'm 6'2"
  • My LBS talked me into test riding a Specialized Roubaix even though I said I couldn't afford it - they did a full fitting (!!!) and set up a 58CM Roubaix - it seemed perfect - but ultimately too much ($2200)
  • I bought a 2007 58CM Carbon Fiber GT w/ Ultegra off eBay ($700) and immediately took it to the same LBS - they told me it was too small ("the measurements differ on different bikes")
  • I bought a 2007 58CM Specialized Roubaix on eBay ($1250) and "transferred" the measurements from the GT to it - it fit perfectly
Good luck - I hope the bike works for you or you find another bike that does.
hobkirk is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 10:42 AM
  #17  
Accordion
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Orange County - SoCal
Posts: 1,480

Bikes: 2011 Cannondale CAAD10

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I am 6'2 and have a 2010 CAAD9-5. I had a $250 Retul fit and the 58cm fit me fine. I do recall the fitter saying that I could have easily fit into the 60cm as well, but the 56cm would not have worked out.

I have long legs and I was a big dude (220lbs) when I started but am down to 185 now and the bike feels WAAAYYYYYYY more comfortable now that I've lost the weight.

Everybody's right - you can't get fit on the Internet. Period.

That being said I'd take a chance and pick up the bike. There's good resale on the CAADs and you'd probably be able to recoup 90% of your cost if you rode it for a year and sold it.
Accordion is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 12:57 PM
  #18  
BarracksSi
Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
 
BarracksSi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 13,854

Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Odds are that you'll fit great on the 58.

If my LBS had a 58 CAAD8 instead of a 60 (which is what I made them give me after they couldn't get a good fit with the 56 that they sold me the first time), I might still have it. I have a 58 BMC now.
BarracksSi is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 03:10 PM
  #19  
BayAreaUser
Senior Member
 
BayAreaUser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Bay Area, Duh!
Posts: 325

Bikes: Caad 9.5, Madone 6 series, Speed Concept 7 series.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Interesting. My GF is 6'2" and she fits a 58 CAAD just fine. needs a shorter stem to compensate for her short torso(normal in women, they just don't make women specific bikes that big_. However, when she got fitted on a trek, she was more comfortable on a 60" with a 90mm stem.
I guess it's all about the bike and other measurements.
BayAreaUser is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 03:14 PM
  #20  
BarracksSi
Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
 
BarracksSi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 13,854

Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by BayAreaUser View Post
Interesting. My GF is 6'2" and she fits a 58 CAAD just fine. needs a shorter stem to compensate for her short torso(normal in women, they just don't make women specific bikes that big_. However, when she got fitted on a trek, she was more comfortable on a 60" with a 90mm stem.
I guess it's all about the bike and other measurements.
Yup, pretty much. Part of the reason I felt my 60 was too big (I'm 6'1.5" ) was that I had to use a shorter stem (OEM was 110, I switched to 90) and I kinda wanted to get the bars lower (I had dropped the stem to the headset).

That, and I had some extra cash to build up a new bike...
BarracksSi is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 03:25 PM
  #21  
deacon mark
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 1,555

Bikes: Habanero Titanium Team Nuevo

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 224 Post(s)
Liked 28 Times in 19 Posts
I ride a 61 no problems but a 58 would be too small at least with the bike I have. Not that I could not ride a 58 but I have a 35 inch cycling inseam and 34 pants. I thinking of a buying a bike now not able to ride it before and it is either a 62 or 59. I am waiting till the 59's it should be fine.
deacon mark is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 03:28 PM
  #22  
z90
Senior Member
 
z90's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: The Path to Fredvana
Posts: 909

Bikes: Long Haul Trucker 2010 , Felt Z90 2008, Rans Rocket 2001, Specialized Hardrock 1989

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Try running your numbers in one of the online fit sits like wrenchscience.com. They aren't perfect, but they may reassure you that you're on the right track.
+1 to what merlin said about top-tube length being more important.
For what it's worth, I'm 6'2" and I have a 58 Felt with a long stem on it.
z90 is offline  
Old 10-22-10, 06:38 PM
  #23  
Exit3
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Swamps of Jersey
Posts: 119
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate all the knowledge since I am new to this. I know I can't really confirm fit on line, but I just wanted to make sure it wasn't the bike store guy trying to force fit me into a small bike. Had I said a 54 bike I would imagine people would all say...no way. It seems pretty cetain that I can probably get a fit on the 58 that works. I am going to see if I can take it out for a decent spin this weekend.

Thanks again for your thoughts!
Exit3 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
qfish
Road Cycling
54
07-03-17 10:39 PM
moxtwelve
Road Cycling
71
01-11-16 12:27 AM
scouse
Triathlon
5
03-14-11 01:41 PM
BROOKLINEBIKER
Touring
6
10-19-10 10:40 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.