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request for caad5 fit help(8 posts)

request for caad5 fit helprob45
Jul 20, 2002 8:53 AM
I'm trying to figure out the right size caad5 frame--any help from cannondale riders appreciated! I'm 6'2 but my inseam is only 34.5, which according to Lemond's formula, should put me on a 57cm frame c-c. I need to go a bit bigger to get the top tube length. Cannondales seem to have very long top tubes though, so I was wondering does a 58 (c-t) sound OK, or even a 57 c-t with a 140 stem...thanks for any input! Because of the high seat collar, do people find they have only a bit of seatpost exposed (like 6-7 inches from top of seat collar to top of seat)
Hmmmmcyclejim
Jul 20, 2002 9:19 AM
I extensively test rode the CAAD5s before going with a different bike altogether. I am 6'2" 1/2 with a 36 inch inseam and I found that I only could come close to a fit on either the 60cm or the 63cm CAAD5. They are both measured center to top I believe.

Anyways I think Cannondale made an error by outsizing some of the market...because for me at least the 60cm was too small and the 63 was too big. I never felt completely comfortable on either bike.

Seeing as how you have a shortish inseam, (are you REALLY sure its 34.5?) you might do better on a Lemond frame, because they are long in the top tube, more so than the Cannondales.

Good luck. and remember to ride all the bikes you are considering, that is the true test not simply the measurements.
58 or maybe a 60...merckx56
Jul 20, 2002 9:35 AM
the top tube is the most imporatant measurement overall. i'm 6'1" and have a 32.5" inseam and ride a 56 in a c'dale for race fit or a 58 for everyday fit. a 56 c'dale has a 56 tt and a 58 has a 57 tt. the 58 would be the better fit depending on stem length needed/desired! a 60 c'dale is a BIG bike and you don't want to be one of those people who has 2" of post showing!
58 or maybe a 60...rob45
Jul 20, 2002 9:45 AM
thanks, I looked at a 60 and stuck a post & saddle on it to my height (about 30.5 inches) and the last few letters of THOMPSON were swallowed up...will search for a smaller frame (getting harder here --LA--to find the 5s),
Caad5 Helpthdrk1
Jul 20, 2002 1:47 PM
Rob45,

I am 6'1" with a 34" inseam. I first had a 58cm Caad3 and it felt very confident with the handling, however I had to raise the seatpost fairly high and got numb hands. Then I had a chance to test ride some 60cm bikes, some of which felt too big. The picture of my 60cm Caad5 has a measurement of 58.4cm center to center for top tube and seat tube. The stem is 130mm and the cranks are 175mm. There is 6" from top tube to bottom of seat rails and 4 1/2" from the extended part of the frame to the seat rails.
If you have any questions I will be happy to respond.
you and me both...cdale02
Jul 20, 2002 3:01 PM
I am 6'3.5" with a 36 inch inseam. I've been riding a 60 Cdale for the last 8 years, and it always felt a bit small. After purchasing a 61 c-c road rig, I decided to get the 63 CAAD 5 (same frame as yours - good taste)

My set-up looks very similar to yours except I have a 120mm stem. I have about the same seatpost showing....maybe a hair more.

The bike feels better than the 60 for sure. A 62 c-t would be perfect though.....

I like the ride though - its a good change from my Ti bike when the need arises.
Caad5 Helpdivve
Jul 22, 2002 1:23 AM
Hi, I'm basically in the same predicament as you were. I'm not sure whether I should go for the 58 or 60 frame. I was only able to try the 58 and it could be made to fit well. The drop from the saddle to handle bars was quite large however.

It would be helpful if you tell me what your current saddle to handle bar drop is on your size 60 frame? (from the top of the saddle tip to the top of the handle bars). Thanks.
re: request for caad5 fit helpChaz_cycles
Jul 20, 2002 9:40 PM
I am 6' and have almost the same exact in inseam measurement and ride a 60cm frame with a 130mm stem. I have been riding it hard for 5 years and yes I have about 7 inches of seatpost showing.