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Trek 5200 Size(3 posts)

Trek 5200 Sizemc3
May 30, 2001 1:15 PM
I've heard that the frame size on the Trek bikes are small. I'm 5'10" with a 33" inseam. My old Trek 56cm had a stand-over height of 81cm, while the 5200 is 79 cm. Should I go for the 58cm 5200?
re: Trek 5200 SizeRusty Coggs
May 30, 2001 2:11 PM
Consider the toptube lengh too. Trek measures the 5200 to the top of the extended seattube,which gives a short C-C or standoover. The top tube length on the 58cm 5200 is 57cm.I'm 6' and ride a 58cm 5200. but the short standover does not bother me as I prefer slightly small frames.If the 5200 you are looking at uses a threadless steerer,also consider wether you will be able to get the bar a high as some prefer. I like low bars, so again no issue for me, but it is a big deal for some.
check inseam accurately....C-40
May 30, 2001 3:50 PM
Try blocking up the wheels of your bike with boards, books or magazines until you get firm (saddle like) crotch pressure when standing over the bike in bare feet. Measure from the floor to the top of the top tube for an accurate inseam measurement.

Trek lists the standover on the 58cm as 31.8 inches. Your clearance would be 1.2 inches or 3cm, which is enough, if you've measured yourself accurately. I think anywhere in the 3-4cm range is ideal. More clearance can lead to the need for too much steering tube spacer or a high rise stem, to get sufficient bar height. The 58cm has a 1cm longer top tube, but a .5 degree shallower seat tube angle, so the effective increase in top tube length is only about .4cm.