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Does this frame sound too small for me?(9 posts)

Does this frame sound too small for me?MikeQ
Dec 19, 2002 12:16 PM
I'm 5"10. 31 inch inseam. Arms pretty normal just a tad short.

Frame 53 cm
Top Tube 54 (this is what I'm a little concerned about)
Angle 73

Thanks
Yesadventurefind
Dec 19, 2002 2:01 PM
get a 54 or 55. I am 5'10" ad ride a 54 Gunnar Cross Check.
Gunnar Cross Check?Gripped
Dec 19, 2002 2:32 PM
Has that got a Surly rear triangle and a Gunnar front?
Depends on your preferenceJakob
Dec 19, 2002 2:27 PM
I'm your size and I have a Redline with similar dimensions. I think it's a little too small for me and I'm selling it after the season.

My CrossCheck has a 55cm TT and I love it!
Does it seem small to you...MikeQ
Dec 19, 2002 3:31 PM
all of the time? I suspect it would be ok if I'm riding on the uppers, but if I want to get down I might feel a bit crunched? Do you think a longer stem might help?
Does it seem small to you...Jakob
Dec 19, 2002 3:36 PM
I put a stem on it that is 20mm longer than the one on my cross check so that I could have the same dimension from seat to bars.

The cockpit is fairly comfortable and doesn't usually feel too small. What feels small about it to me is the overall dimensions, especially the wheelbase. My Surly feels tons more stable which is odd because it has a steeper head tube angle.
WellMikeQ
Dec 19, 2002 3:46 PM
I do like a small wheelbase-makes it very easy to maneuver. I can understand your stability issue though, it's just that I don't do any rad riding. The cockpit feels cramped to me though,so I'll try a longer stem. What size stems do you have on your bikes? Thanks
So many bikes, so many stems. . .Jakob
Dec 20, 2002 9:05 AM
I have an 80mm on my Surly and a 100mm on Redline.

I sometimes like having a smaller bike, too. My mountain bike is about half a size too small for me and even though it's an XC bike I like being able to jump it and throw it around a bit.

One problem with the Redline is that when I put the 100mm stem on it I felt like I was too far over the front end when dismounting and the front end felt sketchy. It took me about half the season to get used to it. The other day I was tooling around my Surly and I realized just how much better it handles for me. It's a lot more predictable.
re: Does this frame sound too small for me?jrm
Dec 19, 2002 3:53 PM
am you should be on someting like a 55cm