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Novara Randonee 2014 - Any experience with the Small frame? RE: standover

Old 04-07-14, 07:02 AM
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Novara Randonee 2014 - Any experience with the Small frame? RE: standover

I'm looking for a touring bike for my girlfriend who has an inseam of 29.5"

REI's site has the smallest size Randonee at 30" standover, but I notice it has a sloping top-tube this year.

Can anyone comment on the fit here? She is 5'7 with stubby legs, so moving into the 26" wheel category is iffy when it comes to top-tube length.

I am considering other bikes. The Jamis Aurora has a 28.5" standover on their 48cm frame.

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IMHO, standover height can be exceeded on a road bike if the rider can get a toe down to stabilize herself while stopped.

But personal likes and dislikes are more important than any theoretical sizing guidelines. Take her to an REI that has Randonees, and let her try it. If she doesn't like it, move on. A bike that leaves the rider uncomfortable will sit unridden until it's sold on Craigslist.
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stand over will be at the midpoint of the top tube ..

REI has a Telephone local or the national one in WA, call & ask.
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Thanks guys. This is a situation where the Small size is not in stock locally, and the 20% discount runs out at the end of the week.

I called REI and they said it would be fine to sign up for membership, order the bike to the local store, and if it doesn't fit, return it on the spot.

Worst case scenario is we have to eat the $20 membership fee, which does not matter since I'm sure we'll buy plenty there this year.

Add this one to the pile of praise for REI
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I've found (not with that specific bike) that the stand-over heights listed on REI's product descriptions aren't accurate- I wanted to buy the Safari, and based on what they tell you online even the small would have been too big for me to stand over, but I can comfortably stand over the medium with both feet on the ground (I tried them out in the store before I bought to make sure). So it's definitely worth trying, and they're great about returns!

(Maybe I just don't understand what stand-over height is supposed to be describing? But I have a 28-ish inseam to the ground and my bike has a 30 inch stand-over listed).
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Originally Posted by LaetaPuella
I've found (not with that specific bike) that the stand-over heights listed on REI's product descriptions aren't accurate- I wanted to buy the Safari, and based on what they tell you online even the small would have been too big for me to stand over, but I can comfortably stand over the medium with both feet on the ground (I tried them out in the store before I bought to make sure). So it's definitely worth trying, and they're great about returns!

(Maybe I just don't understand what stand-over height is supposed to be describing? But I have a 28-ish inseam to the ground and my bike has a 30 inch stand-over listed).
That is great to hear.

Very excited to see if it fits. I will be ordering the Small tonight and will update this thread for posterity.
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Originally Posted by Pukeskywalker
Worst case scenario is we have to eat the $20 membership fee, which does not matter since I'm sure we'll buy plenty there this year.
No, the $20 is for a lifetime and if your serious about touring the membership is worth it. The worst case is that you'll lose the 20% discount.
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