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Sizing a Lemond Poprad(7 posts)

Sizing a Lemond Popradlemond2001
Mar 18, 2002 11:29 AM
I need some help. I am try to buy a new cross bike. I ride a 58 Trek OCLV or a 57 Lemond rode. I have a 32 inch inseam. I have long legs but a short upper body. I am 5'11".
I do not know if I need a 57 or a 55 cm bike. I hear stories that you should go with a smaller size than you ride on the road. Why? Give me some reasons!! I am going to ride this for communiting to work and maybe some cross races. But for the most part on the road mostly. I need some help from the experts? I want to buy a Lemond Poprad.
re: Sizing a Lemond PopradBAM
Mar 18, 2002 6:26 PM
I am taller than you (almost6`2") and would take a 57 Lemond due to their long top tube and went with the 55 poprad. This bike has less stand over than my 56 Surly or a large KHS CX-100. I put on 120mm stem and find it fits nicely. I don`t like being stretched out which on the 55 is not a problem, my concern when I ordered mine was stand over. I am happy that I didn`t go with a 57. It is tradition to go with a bike 1cm smaller than your road size, but most companies seem to do bike sizes in 2cm differences. So going down one full size is the norm. The only thing I would do differently is to use a stem that is 90 degrees instead of the 100 I have now. Check the Lemond catalog to compare a 57 road verses a 55 poprad.
re: Sizing a Lemond Popradgwilliams
Mar 19, 2002 11:58 AM
You sound like you are about the same size as me, I ride a 57 CM CC road bike and ride a 55 CM Poprad.

Gary
re: Sizing a Lemond Popradblownpupil
Mar 19, 2002 3:43 PM
I'm 6'0" with 32in inseam. I bought a Poprad and was sized by the Lemond rep. who happened to be in the store at the time.
I bought a 57cm, which fits great. I initially thought it would be too SMALL, (other road bike 60 cm and very comfortable), but I have been comfortable. The top tube is a tad long, but bringing the saddle slightly forward has been helpful.
I hate when frames are too small and there is excessive seatpost showing. I'm happy with the fit. I think however, you have to make sure the top tube length works for you.
re: Sizing a Lemond PopradRay Sachs
Mar 21, 2002 7:34 AM
I must have really long legs and a really short upper body, because I'm also about 5'11" (and a half) and my pubic bone height when barefoot is 34". (I assume you're talking about PBH - "inseam" is generally measured from the ankle and is great for deciding which pair of pants to buy but isn't much use in bicycle fitting). I ride a 57 Poprad and use a stubby little high rise stem to get the bars where I like them. Fits and rides great like that and I haven't had any problem with standover, even riding the bike on a lot of single track.

-Ray
If you're long legged..Slacker Joe
Mar 22, 2002 7:15 AM
..then I'm a bona-fide freak. I'm 5'11.6" or so, and my floor to pelvic bone measurement is 35.2".

Sizing for a mountain bike isn't too bad, I just look for shorter top tubes, and use a long seatpost and riser bars. I like having all the standover.

My limited experience with fit on road/cross bikes have been more difficult though, I don't think a 57cm Poprad would work for me based on top tube length, but getting the seat and bars high enough on a 55 would make for a strange looking bike. Different brand's geometries seem to play more into my choice. Fit issues have prevented me from becoming serious about looking for a cross bike until I find someone who's willing to really work with me on fit, or try a Fit Kit, for what it's worth.

S. Joe
re: Sizing a Lemond PopradVelocipedio
Mar 21, 2002 8:45 AM
Sizing is a tricky thing. I'm 5'8", but my inseam [or PBH, whatever]is a little less than 31" [30.5, but why quibble?], so I have rather shortish legs. Vertically, I fit a 50/51 frame, but horizontally, I want a TT of 53 or 54... so I'm a tough bike to fit. When I bought my cross bike -- a 2001 Major Jake -- I decided to fit the TT rather than vertical, since the frame that SHOULD have fit me [the 49 cm] had a VERY short TT, and would have required a 130-140mm stem. I find the 55cm fits me, despite the fact that it goes against sizing conventions, thanks to the bike's sloping TT. In a sense, the frame design helped me find a happy medium.

And the bike fits beautifully...