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Trek OCLV frame size help.(8 posts)

Trek OCLV frame size help.JimOCLV
May 14, 2003 9:06 PM
Hi, would a 58cm trek OCLV "fit a fellow that's 5'8", with a 30.5 inch inseam: fairly short torso?"

2 sizes too big. 54 is the size to getelviento
May 14, 2003 9:15 PM
Maybe even 52 if you need short toptube. But I am 95% confident 54 is the right size.

BTW, I am 5'8" and have ridden OCLVs in 3 sizes.
WAY too big.Eug
May 15, 2003 6:45 AM
Not exactly the same geometry, but I ride a 54 cm Trek 2000. 5'7" 30.75"ish inseam (and thus a shortish torso). I recently went to a 60 mm stem, because I felt the 54.4 cm eff. top tube was too long for me. The OCLV eff. top tube is similar in length.

I would probably fit well on a 52 cm Trek 2000 I think. If I were you, I'd check out 52 or 54 cm Treks. (Note that the measurements on Treks are to the top of the seat tube. Thus they're longer than other C-T measurements, and obviously much longer than C-C measurements.)

The 58 cm Trek OCLV has almost a 32" standover by the way. Can we say "Ouch!"? ;)
re: Trek OCLV frame size help.VW
May 15, 2003 10:47 AM
I'm about the same size as you. I'm 5'8" with 31 inch inseam. I used to think I have short legs and long torso, but reading this forum makes me think the opposite.

I'm currently riding a 54cm OCLV, and my frame seemed small to me. I have way too much seat post showing (should be about a fistful). I also had to add lots of height extension to the stem to get the handlebar 1" to 2" below the saddle.

Finally, the reach seemed long on the OCLV ... either that or I'm just not very flexible. I had to replace the stem to 9cm length. 9cm is probably the shortest length that can be used without getting twitchy steering.

I'm riding pretty comfortably now, but my Trek doesn't look very good with the stem height extension.

I think the forum is right about Trek having fairly long top tube. I think I'm going to change my frame to maybe a Litespeed with shorter effective top tube. I might even consider the Look frame with much shorter effective top tube(due to slack seat angle).

You should not get a Trek if you have short torso unless you are very flexible.

Good Luck!
re: Trek OCLV frame size help.laffeaux
May 15, 2003 12:51 PM
At "5'8" with 31 inch inseam" you definitely have loger legs and a shortish torso.
Have you tried less spacers, but a riser stem? (nm)jtferraro
May 16, 2003 5:31 AM
re: FWIWteoteoteo
May 15, 2003 6:27 PM
I am 5'10" and rode a 58--I typically go for longer bikes. I am pretty flexible and it helps for sure.

At best you I feel the longest you could run is a 56--in that scenario your drop from seat to top of bars would be less than 54 but to have any true idea I'd have to see you.
re: Trek OCLV frame size help.andydave
May 15, 2003 6:39 PM
First, I agree with others that a 58 is too big. I am 5'8" and 32.75 inseam (much more legs than torso). Recently, I purchased a 54 cm OCLV, then sold it for 56 cm. Although I was able to fit myself on the 54cm, it required lots of spacers under the stem and a upward sloping stem. Otherwise, I would have had too much vertical drop between seat and bars (about 10 cm which is too much for my back). For this and other reasons, I decided to go with a 56 cm. I have been very happy with the decision. Yes, the long top tube is an issue, but in my case, going to a 90 mm stem made for a perfect fit.