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What size frame for a woman, 5'4"?

Old 02-23-11, 08:49 AM
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What size frame for a woman, 5'4"?

I am not sure what size frame to get for my wife and need some help.
She is 5'4" tall and has a 29" inseam.
her current bike is a Specialized Dolce (women fit) and it's a 54. She is looking to upgrade to a more racy frame and it will most likely be a small men's frame.
The top tube lenght's seem to be 52cm for a 50cm frame and 53.7cm for a 52 cm frame.
I think the 50cm will be best but am not sure.
Any advice from ladies?
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Old 02-23-11, 08:58 AM
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My fiancee who is 5'4" just got a new bike a few weeks ago and she ended up with a 49cm. I don't remember what her inseam is, but the bike fits well and has some room for adjustment either way. The bike is a Scott Contessa and overall, it is a great bike for her.
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If she's comfortable on her current frame and just wants something with lower handlebars, I'd compare the geometries of the Dolce with any prospective new frames and try to get something close to the same specs, except for a shorter head tube.
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54 is too big if she has normal proportions. I'm 5'9" with a 34" leg (not pants inseam) and 54 fits me fine. My 5'6" wife rides a 52. Try using the online fit calculators at Competitive Cyclist or Wrench Science. These should do the trick.
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
54 is too big if she has normal proportions. I'm 5'9" with a 34" leg (not pants inseam) and 54 fits me fine. My 5'6" wife rides a 52. Try using the online fit calculators at Competitive Cyclist or Wrench Science. These should do the trick.
A 54 in a women's fit has significantly different dimensions than a 54 in mens. For example, a 54 Dolce has a 53.2 top dube but a 54 Allez has a 54.8 top tube.
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I'm 5'4" and I ride a 48cm Specialized Dolce WSD. Seems to fit better than any other bike I own.
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A 54 in a women's fit has significantly different dimensions than a 54 in mens. For example, a 54 Dolce has a 53.2 top dube but a 54 Allez has a 54.8 top tube.
I dunno about you, but 1.6cm isn't really "significant". 1.6cm is.6in ? A 54 does seem a bit large though.

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I dunno about you, but 1.6cm isn't really "significant". 1.6cm is.6in ? A 54 does seem a bit large though.
When it comes to top tube lengths, it is.
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47-48cm for a traditional road bike with horizontal top tube.
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I think that the 50cm (sloping top tube) will be good and then we can fit her with the stem and saddle. She is flexible and has good reach so I'm not too worried. I think 48 would be a little small...
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My wife is 5'4" and she fits a 51 sized road bike with a sloping top tube. Women's Specialized and Trek specifically...
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I would look at a 49-50 cm. My fiancee is 5'6" and we just replaced her 52cm trek wsd with a 50cm fuji finest 1.0. The fuji had a longer top tube, but less standover.
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49cm
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Originally Posted by clink83 View Post
I dunno about you, but 1.6cm isn't really "significant".
Incorrect.
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