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opinions on frame sizing??(5 posts)

opinions on frame sizing??mij
May 2, 2002 10:24 AM
I bought a Trek OCLV, was told it was a 54cm, but it turns out to be a 58cm. The bike feels a bit big(1. I feel like I'm really stretching when my hands are on the brakes, in a normal riding position. and 2. I feel like the saddle should be a little higher so I could get more leverage, dont know if that makes any sense.) I'm about 5' 11". My question is do you think I could change any components to make the frame work,ie. shorter stem, or should I get a different size frame? Also does anyone know a really good bike shop in Northern New England that could size me up properly if a new frame is the way to go. I know there are probably a lot of variables I have left out, but any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
re: Hard to responddzrider
May 2, 2002 11:19 AM
Stretched out sounds too big and seat higher sounds too small. You may want to try moving the seat a little bit forward and a little bit higher. Whatever you try, stick to very small, 5mm or less, adjustments. I met some guys from a shop in Nashua, NH doing bike tech work on an AIDS Ride that I thought were knowledgeable and honest. Wish I could think of the name of the shop.
At 5'11", 58 frame sounds about right for you.elviento
May 2, 2002 9:02 PM
Getting a short uprise stem will work. You will probably get used to the aero riding position and return to the original stem.
fit sites...C-40
May 3, 2002 3:58 AM
check out these sites:

coloradocyclist.com
peterwhitecycles.com
sheldonbrown.com
anvilbikes.com

If you buy a bike, this should have been your first step. Figure out your sizing needs first, then buy the bike. Don't depend on what someone tells you about a frame's size. Take a tape measure and measure it. Trek's are measured differently than most other brands. If it's really a 58, it compares to many other brands 56. The top tubes tend to be 1cm longer than most.
fit sites...atpjunkie
May 3, 2002 12:32 PM
first hows the standover? if it fits you there then saddle and stem can be fit to accomodate your body type. If you can straddle theTT you should be OK, the TT's run long so shorten the stem. First get saddle height and fore aft set, then do your reach.