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Correct frame size...Colin_S
Feb 4, 2004 12:03 PM

I picked up an '03 Jamis Nova frame for a song recently. Currently I don't have the $$ to build it up, but hope too soon. Anyway, the frame is a 53cm with a 55.5cm effective toptube. I am 5'10" or so with relatively short legs (~32.5" inseam) and a longer torso for my height. Thus, I have problems with standover on most frames.

Does this frame look to be the correct size? I don't want to build it up, only too realize it is too short. If it matters, when built, I will probably use a 110mm stem I have laying around.


re: Correct frame size...dreww
Feb 4, 2004 12:59 PM
53c to c sounds about right for you (it is centre to centre measurement right?) 32.5" inseam is not short for 5'10". As for stem length thats very personal, bear in mind that you want the seat further back than a road bike to help keep the rear wheel weighted when it gets slick, so shorter stem might help, also shorter reach helps with control.
re: Correct frame size...laffeaux
Feb 4, 2004 3:35 PM
To me frame size (meaning "seat tube length") is relatively unimportant, but top tube length is very important. My road bike has a 58cm TT and my CX bike is 56.5cm. Both have 12cm stems (one is -17 and the other +10). If the top tube fits, as long as the frame size is reasonable, the bike should fit.
It'll be fine...merckx56
Feb 4, 2004 3:48 PM
I'm 6'1" and have a 33" inseam and ride a 55cm Jamis Nova.
My reach is that of a lowland gorilla, so the reach is fine.
I also have more than enough seatpost showing on my 55cm. The 53 is the right size for you. You sound like you are built a bit like me, so the bike should fit well with the 110 stem.
It'll be fine...brad nicholson
Feb 5, 2004 1:21 AM
5'10" here, longer legs but rides a 53 cm jamis nova. good bike and the fit is good, as i use it as a commuter now i have the seat a bit farther up so i am in a more traditional road posture but otherwise it is fine.
re: Correct frame size...seamus
Feb 5, 2004 9:34 AM
I'm very close to your size and ride frames of almost exactly the same dimensions...I usually go for a 52cm seat tube.