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Bike suggestions for smaller male cyclist(3 posts)

Bike suggestions for smaller male cyclistSean008
Sep 11, 2002 11:38 AM
I'm a small rider (5'4", 28 inch inseam). After trying multiple fit kits, I've decided I need a bike that has an effective top tube <50cm and a standover <70cm. I don't want 650c wheels. Additionally, I either want Ti or Carbon for frame material. The only bike I've been able to find that meets this crtieria is TREK's 2003 5200WSD.

Any other suggestions?
re: Bike suggestions for smaller male cyclistaliensporebomb
Sep 11, 2002 12:16 PM
I'm a shorter person myself. I'm 5'7" but my legs are
little stubby things and I have a longer torso.. weird.

The standover height on my bikes is laughably low. I was
looking at the standover for my mountain bike and it was
something like 29.5 inches - I believe my road bike is
the same or slightly lower.

The frame materials you want kind of limits you a bit into a spendier ride. But you say TI or carbon so I presume
your wallet isn't frightened.

You might try a Giant TCR Carbon or perhaps one of the
Airborne Valkyrie TI compact frame designs. I believe that
Dean also has a TI compact frame design (although it looked
a bit odd when I saw it). Another thought would be a half
Aluminum/Carbon stay ride like the Litespeed Sirius (it
has the compact design again).

Since you are shorter I'm suggesting the compact frame
design since it works well for me - I suspect it may
work as well or better for you. I always would try out
bikes in stores and practically having sex with the top
tube - I'd walk out of there like someone kicked me in
the crotch. Ouch. The compact designs were a godsend.

I went with a Giant TCR2 (aluminum frame but carbon fork,
stem, steerer, post and seatframe) simply because it fit
me. After years of bikes that never fit I finally found
something that worked for someone my size and proportions.

I know the TCR carbon frame is about $1300 - not sure about
complete bikes.

As always, YMMV.
Sep 11, 2002 12:59 PM
I am an inch shorter, with an inch shorter inseam. the TCR's top tube is 535mm in size small, and it works fine for me with a 100mm stem. however, you said something ~500mm??
option B: or can build custom ti frames for you. there are of course other framebuilders out there.