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Old 08-05-09, 06:23 PM
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Bize size question

Is a 56cm Surly LHT too big for a 5'8" person? I am looking to buy used so I haven't had too much luck finding a 54 cm, which would be a better fit. Would this be too uncomfortable for long tours? Could it be fitted to my size? I am used to riding larger bikes. My last road bike that I sold was 58cm, which I put about 200 miles on with little problem (some lower back pain) from being stretched out. Also, would $550 be a good deal for a used 2008 LHT? Thanks for your help.

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I bought a 56cm langster, and it's too big for me, the truckers run big by one size, if I were to buy one (and I'm 5'8") I would buy a 52. That 56 would be a good deal, but it's not worth it being 2 sizes up.
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I am 5'7" and ride a 52cm LHT. I would think 56cm would be too big for you. What does the $550 include? Is it the stock components from the Complete? If so, it seems like a nice low price if it's in good condition.
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Originally Posted by KZONE
Is a 56cm Surly LHT too big for a 5'8" person? I am looking to buy used so I haven't had too much luck finding a 54 cm, which would be a better fit. Would this be too uncomfortable for long tours? Could it be fitted to my size? I am used to riding larger bikes. My last road bike that I sold was 58cm, which I put about 200 miles on with little problem (some lower back pain) from being stretched out. Also, would $550 be a good deal for a used 2008 LHT? Thanks for your help.
Compare 'effective' (horizontal) top-tube length of the 56 LHT to a bike that you are comfortable with. They are listed at surlybikes.com under each frame model. The 58cm roadbike you were fine with could have been smaller (if the top tube was steeply sloping) or bigger (if the top tube was horizontal) than a 56 LHT.

My 3 bikes are within maybe 40mm of each other in effective top tube length but there is definitely more slop than that in what would make a suitable frame size, I could imagine up to 100mm wouldn't be that big a deal, give or take stem and maybe seatpost adjustments.

ps-> I am also ~5'8" and ride a 54cm lht
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I'm 5'9" and ride a 54cm LHT. That size fits me fine. I test rode a 56cm one briefly and could fit it, but I think the 54cm one is just about right. I think google groups has a LHT sizing comparison spreadsheet, but people are all over the map when I looked at it last.

That said I think the 56cm is a good deal, but I think it's just to big for you. Though do what HardyWeinberg said a compare the Effective TT length. I also believe Surly suggests a size smaller than your regular roadbike when sizing the LHT.
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