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Sizing: Bianchi vs C'Dale(5 posts)

Sizing: Bianchi vs C'DaleDaddyLongLegs
May 21, 2001 11:21 PM
I am 6'1'' and have longish legs. I ride a 58cm Cannondale and feel the sizing is pretty good. I'm switching to a Bianchi with very different geometry. The 59cm Bianchi has a toptube that is .5 cm shorter and the downtube is about 1.2 cm shorter. Will I be ok on the 59cm? I assume I can raise the seat slightly and maybe get a longer stem. After all, its only a cm we're talking about here. Right? Also, how will the change in geometry lead to a differing ride. Is the C'dale more of a sprinters bike vs the Bianchi touring, or something? Thanks.
re: Which Bianchi...nmJack in Iowa
May 22, 2001 7:14 AM
which model Bianchi?keith m.
May 22, 2001 7:17 AM
I am 6' and ride a 57cm Bianchi EV-2. But geometry varies from model to model.
re: Sizing: Bianchi vs C'DaleMeDotOrg
May 22, 2001 8:23 AM
I'm 6' and ride a 59cm Bianchi Veloce. At 6'1" I would imagine you'd be a 59cm (at least), but fit is so individual I hesitate.

Bianchi tends to size a little larger than some other bikes as you've noticed. A 59cm Bianchi can be some other bike's 58...
Bianchi vs C'DaleKevin M
May 22, 2001 11:40 AM
I have a 1997 Bianchi Eros designated as a 57 cm size. My identical twin brother has a ~1990 Cannondale R600 that was called as a 60 cm size. Both manufacturers use the same center-to-top method for measuring seat tubes, but because of different amount of seat tube above the top tube - they come up with different numbers.

I measured them using the center-to center method. The Bianchi is 55 cm with a 55.5 cm top tube. The Cannondale has a 56 cm seat tube with a 56 cm top tube.

Now I try to use a center-to-center measurement whenever possible.