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Fit Question: Switching to a New Manufacturer(2 posts)

Fit Question: Switching to a New Manufacturerpeterkg
Oct 23, 2002 6:07 PM
I'm leaving the rough riding days of a Cannondale and looking for something smoother. However, obviously, I cannot find an exact match in how I feel on any of the new bikes I'm testing. Will I learn to feel right on any bike if I'm theoretically or numerically "supposed" to fit on it? Do I just feel weird b/c I've spent 3000 miles on a particular bike? Or am I supposed to be able to mimic the size and fit-feel no matter the bike? Thanks!
Mind made of stonefiltersweep
Oct 24, 2002 5:29 PM
First of all, you need to accept the fact that you probably won't find an exact match.

Does your Cannondale truly provide a perfect fit? You might actually find a better fit with a new frame.

I purchased a new bike from a different maker where the new frame was a cm SMALLER than my previous one. This drove me nuts. I was afraid the shop was trying to dump this frame on me (since it conincidentally was the only size even close to what I needed). This was from a frame maker that builds in 1cm increments, BTW. The bike I could test ride (that was already built) was the same labeled size as the bike I had, so I couldn't test ride the same size frame I was purchasing.

Well, as it turned out, it was actually larger than my previous frame simply because it is measured differently. When it was all said an done, the frame fits my BETTER than the original frame... my problem was that I was stuck in my thinking.

When I took my first ride, it felt very different- but it is important not to confuse "different" with better or worse.