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Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?(49 posts)

Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?Mod5Man
Apr 15, 2003 5:34 PM
I am 6'1" and I just ordered a trek 5500 in a 60. Just wondering if other people around 6' ride this size.
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?eflayer
Apr 15, 2003 5:42 PM
I am 5'11" and am lucky enough to own three road bikes:
1. Rivendell Rambouillet - 60
2. TST ti - 60
3 Waterford RS22 - 62

I am obviously a fan of large bikes due to having found the most comfort with bar height at least even with saddle. To get bars high you need as much head tube as possible. Unless you go custom, you need to buy the biggest bike you can ride in order to get more head tube. My big/tall TST can be seen at:
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?tarwheel
Apr 16, 2003 4:56 AM
I'm 5'11" tall with a 33" inseam in cycling shoes. Have two bikes, one with 57 c-c seat tube, 56.8 c-c top tube and 72.5 seat tube angle. Other with 56 c-c seat tube, 55 c-c top tube and 74 seat tube angle. Both bikes fit about the same as set up, but smaller frame has longer stem and more spacers.
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?MR_GRUMPY
Apr 15, 2003 6:05 PM
#1 59cm Bianchi TSX 140mm stem
#2 60cm Gunnar Roadie 130mm stem
#3 Large Giant TCR Team 135mm stem

All have different top tubes.
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?PdxMark
Apr 15, 2003 6:14 PM

57 cm Litespeed
58cm Cannondale
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?BaadDawg
Apr 15, 2003 6:36 PM
5'10" short legs (30" inseam) tall upper body.

Giant TCR1 medium, standard seat post, short Giant stem (110cm?)
re: Short LegsSuperGnome
Apr 16, 2003 11:25 AM
I'm exactly the same size... I guess I do have short legs... *8(

Anyways, 56 Fuji Newest which I'm still adjusting for comfort.

re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?deHonc
Apr 15, 2003 6:36 PM
I'm 6 foot 2 inches - ride a 60cm Trek 5500 - genius bike - you'll love it!

re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?geeker
Apr 15, 2003 6:41 PM
6'2.5", long legs, ride a cyclocross bike I bought used, 58x58cm c-c, but a "Freuler" frame with seat and head tube extensions. I once test-rode a 60cm Trek (2300, but geometry is pretty much the same), and it fit fine.
6'4", 64cm main roadie, plus...cory
Apr 15, 2003 7:11 PM
I could probably take a 65 in the Atlantis, but they didn't make one when I bought it. Also:
--Old Trek converted to singlespeed, 25-inch.
--Cannondale MB, 22-inch (maybe a little small, but the biggest available)
--Old Bstone MB3/commuter, 58cm (about a foot of post showing; also the biggest frame they made at the time)
--And a 62cm Allez, again with lots of post and a mountain bike quill stem.
6'4"........61 LeMond ZurichTower
Apr 15, 2003 7:33 PM
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?tmotz
Apr 15, 2003 7:37 PM
I'm 6'2" and ride a 62 cm Jamis Ventura.(34 inch inseam)
6'2" with knuckle draggin' arms and a phreakish inseam...Akirasho
Apr 15, 2003 7:40 PM
58 to 61cm depending on maker and top tube length.

Be the bike.
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?pina
Apr 15, 2003 7:45 PM
6'1" 58 Pinarello, 59 Fondriest, 58 DeRosa
Short legs for my height
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?ukiahb
Apr 15, 2003 7:50 PM
am 6'1", 34" inseam, ride a 61 cm Tommasini and a 60 cm Cannondale, once bought a 58 cm bike and it never felt right, so I went back to larger frames. Also have 2 older "10 speeds" one is set up for fixed gear and the other for loaded touring, they are 25"/63 cm and they feel OK too...being able to get the bars up high is good for both FG and loaded touring.
5'9"+ w/a TREK 58cm frame. I have a 33"/85cm cycling inseam. (nm)jtferraro
Apr 15, 2003 8:06 PM
5'11" 56,57,58,59, L - depends on how it's measured (nm)terry b
Apr 15, 2003 8:09 PM
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?upandcomer
Apr 15, 2003 8:24 PM
I have a Trek 5200 in a 60cm too and I'm 6'2".
~6'2", 58.5 c-c seat tube and 58.5 top tube (nm)mickey-mac
Apr 15, 2003 8:51 PM
5' 9.5"/86cm inseam: 56cm LOOK KG361 (nm)serbski
Apr 15, 2003 9:05 PM
58 cm - 57.2 top tube - 130 cm stem - 6' 2 '' - 34.5" inseamteamsloppy
Apr 15, 2003 9:16 PM
A 'fit kit' can do a better job than a discussion group survey. It costs about $20 bucks. A fit kit is a sort of educated guess by professional ex-racers / coaches.

Here's the results of my fit kit:

Inseam 87.5 cm Thigh 39.4 cm
Foot length 27.2 cm Q-factor .45
Arm Length 67.75 cm
Torso length 67 cm
Shoulder 4 cm

Seat tube 57.5 cm
Seat tube angle 75 degrees or less
Cranl length 170 / 172.5
Saddle Pedal Start 93.1 - 95.3 cm
Handel bar width 40 - 42
Top tube Stem combinations:
TT 56 cm Stem 140 cm
TT 56.5 cm Stem 130 - 135 cm
TT 57 cm Stem 125 - 130 cm
TT 57.5 cm Stem 120 - 125 cm
TT 58 cm Stem 115 - 120 cm
6'2" 59 Litespeed Vortex.110 mm stem. short torso, long legs. nmJuanmoretime
Apr 16, 2003 12:30 AM
re: Which bike size do you ride and how tall are you?Thorman
Apr 16, 2003 3:07 AM

Large Giant TCR Composite
60 cm Trek 2200

6' with a Trek 5200 size 58 (nm)JL
Apr 16, 2003 4:40 AM
5'11", Think my inseam is around 31.5"...joekm
Apr 16, 2003 4:41 AM
Frame is 54 cm measured C-C (2002 Ironhorse Victory)
6' (34" inseam) 58cm Gunnaroldschool
Apr 16, 2003 4:54 AM
a little over 5" of seat post showing, and I keep my bars about 2-3" below the seat level (which equates to 3-4" above the top tube). I like the fit, but I'm using a 90 degree (135mm) stem + 3 spaces below the headset locknut to achieve this setup. I might consider a 60cm bike, if the top tub length could stay the same, but I'm not ready for a custom frame.
6' (34" inseam) 58cm Gunnar-you could easily size upeflayer
Apr 16, 2003 6:59 PM
what about 3 more cm of top tube and 3 less cm of stem? I bet you'd be more comfortable on a 60 or 62 Gunnar. Just one man's opinion.
6' (34" inseam) 58cm Gunnar-you could easily size upoldschool
Apr 17, 2003 10:26 AM
I've wondered the same thing, actually. However, the effective top tube length on a 60cm bike is 10mm longer than that on my 58, so I'd be down to a 120mm stem (in theory any way). In any event, it was a good deal on a showroom bike.
5'8 height / 32'' inseam / 54 cm (c-c) (nm)Horace Greeley
Apr 16, 2003 5:04 AM
c-c not c-t? nmEug
Apr 16, 2003 7:03 AM
c-c.. why do you ask?Horace Greeley
Apr 17, 2003 6:38 AM
I also have a 54 cm c-t (C'dale). The 54 cm c-c is a Look KG 381i, which has very different geometry.
5'11 3/4" -- Trek 5200 58cm-nmms
Apr 16, 2003 5:24 AM
6'2" 56-58, but there are many considerations beyond height. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 16, 2003 5:47 AM
I'm 6', ride a 57cm c-to-c or 58 or 59 c-to-t.slide13
Apr 16, 2003 6:20 AM
7'4" tall 330lbsPaulCL
Apr 16, 2003 6:28 AM
Oops...that's Shaq, not me.

I'm 6' 1/4" and ride a 58cm Colnago with a 140mm stem
6'4" 64cm Fuji multigear, 68cm Raleigh fixed, 60cm Trek beaterContinental
Apr 16, 2003 6:31 AM
The Fuji has a 60.5 cm TT. I need 3 cm spacers and 135 mm 40 degree riser stem to get handlebars 3 cm below seat. Raleigh has a shorter 58 cm TT and fits me perfectly.
oversimplifying a complicated questionsievers11
Apr 16, 2003 7:02 AM
Your height has little to do with your frame size.

It is all inseam and torso lenght.

Inseam = Frame size or better yet standover clearance
Torso = TT lenght (can be tweaked with stem)

The top tub length is more important than frame size as well. With the plarifilation of complact frames, the TT and head tube have become the most important sizes in frames

4 steps to getting frame fit...should be done in this order.
1. Get frame size that is appropriate for you size.

2. Get saddle height correct.

3. Get for/aft saddle position by centering right knee over peddle axel at 3:00.

4. Get stem that give you a comfortable reach, longer more areo, shorter more comfort. Stem height should be a consideration at this point.

(note, this is rather over simplified. but the premis is solid, simplest and most common mistake is to use for/aft adjustment of saddle to alter the length of your cockpit.)
What's wrong with me?!?!pnitefly
Apr 16, 2003 7:22 AM
I am 73" (6'1", 180lbs) and I ride a Specialized 56cm! For my size I ride the smallest bike of all the replies! My bike is totally comfortable and I log a lot of long miles. The bike is very responsive and easy to predict and control. Is there something I am missing? Or do a lot of respondents suffer from "big bike syndrome?"
Apr 16, 2003 7:48 AM
Since frames are measured differently, your 56 could be the same size as another 6'1" guy's 58 or 60. Colnago and Trek I believe measure center to the top of the seat collar, which would make their 58 or 59 equivalent to a 56 c-c, or thereabouts. The numbers are deceiving.
Apr 16, 2003 7:43 AM
I'm 6ft, and ride a 56 c-c with a 56 TT and a 110 stem. My last bike was a 58 c-c with a 57 TT and it was way too stretched out for me. Yeah, I could have gone with a shortie stem, but I still felt like superman with my arms way out in front of me. I'm much more confortable with the shorter TT.
is this a industry plant doing research?ColnagoFE
Apr 16, 2003 8:06 AM
Seems fishy to care what size bike people ride...your size sounds about right for a Trek.
5'8" 56cm Trek, Long arms, 54cm felt too small NM.Lowend
Apr 16, 2003 8:06 AM
6 feet tall ride 59cm Litespeed(58cm or so top tube)nmthe bull
Apr 16, 2003 8:41 AM
6' 5" 36 inseam 63 cm Trek 2300Kvonnah
Apr 16, 2003 9:02 AM
5'1", 31" inseam: 50cm Trek 5200, 49cm Bianchi Giro_rt_
Apr 16, 2003 9:23 AM
probably not much help for you.

6'1" - Cinelli Starlight size XL. nm52-16SS
Apr 16, 2003 9:23 AM
57cm (c-t) with a 56.5cm tt and I am 5'-9" (84.5cm" inseam) nmPsyDoc
Apr 16, 2003 11:10 AM
6' 4" - 61cm Colnago CT-1rogue_CT1
Apr 16, 2003 12:02 PM
But frame sizing is determined by more variables than just overall height.
6'2" 59c-c (nm)DaveG
Apr 16, 2003 4:03 PM