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Sizing for Giant TCR frame.....Help(7 posts)

Sizing for Giant TCR frame.....Helpcycleforever
Aug 14, 2002 6:25 PM
I have a dilemma maybe someone can help me with I'm not sure which frame size I need. I'm 5'9" with an 80cm inseam, 64cm torso and my over all reach is 65cm. On the Giant website if I go with the small the stem length would be 108-120mm or the med frame it would be 88-105. I've always heard that a longer stem will handle better than a shorter one. A couple years ago I was fitted for a medium TCR with a 90mm stem which I felt was just to short.

Thanks,
Eric
re: Sizing for Giant TCR frame.....HelpXoc
Aug 14, 2002 6:28 PM
Sounds like you've answered your own question. Get the Small. A short stem is going to make the bike twitchy.
So if someone who's 5'9" needs a small...TomS
Aug 15, 2002 6:00 AM
do they even sell any larges? Maybe just to the NBA?

I'm just under 5'7" and I'm not sure if I would go with a small or medium, of course I haven't test ridden either yet so I definitely need to do that before I even decide if I like the bike as much as I think I would.
5' 7" ====> small only..... nmJohnG
Aug 15, 2002 7:13 AM
go test ridegtx
Aug 15, 2002 6:42 AM
see for yourself. My guess is that a Small will be too small for you. A shorter stem will just make the bike handle a tad quicker. If you feel like you are between sizes look at other bikes.
someone else said this, but you need a test ride.weiwentg
Aug 15, 2002 8:35 AM
I personally do not consider a 100mm stem to be 'too short'. I would test ride the medium first. I ride a small, and am 5'3". you might look odd on a small,but hey, if it fits...
re: Sizing for Giant TCR frame.....Helpaliensporebomb
Aug 15, 2002 10:25 AM
Definetely a test ride is in order.

I'm 5'7" but not normally proportioned it seems - my
torso is tall and my legs are short.

I'll have to measure inseam someday, it's been years since
I last did that and don't honestly remember.

All I know is I saw on the small that was at my LBS and I
was like "....wow...." since it was a perfect fit. The bars were a little on the low side but liveable.

I did have them flip the stem so that the bars were raised and that was about perfect.

Now 303 miles later I see I made the right decision.

You being taller than I am might be cause for adjustments (i.e. taller seatpost? longer/shorter stem?).