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I need help picking out a bike!(3 posts)

I need help picking out a bike!mattp
Aug 20, 2003 11:44 AM
I am looking for a roadbike and have found what appears to be good deal. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/grand_sprint.htm
Is this a decent bike? I am new to roadbiking and need some pointers. I am between 5'11" and 6' tall. I ride an mtb with a top tube length of 23", a 120mm stem, a thompson layback seatpost. It is more of an upright style of bike than your traditional XC bikes. It is a Titus Switchblade http://www.titusti.com/mtn_bikes_frmset.html
With that info, what size do you recomend I purchase. The price of the motobecane is at the upper limit of my budget. Thanks in advance for your replies!
Probably 58 cm... (m)Tylercyclist
Aug 20, 2003 11:49 AM
The Motobecane bike would probably be OK if you plan to train and do recreational rides but won't be racing. Of course, the name isn't well accepted in most circles, but then who really cares? Read the reviews on this site before buying it. Some of the reviews last year spoke of a significant amount of flex if you are a larger rider. You didn't state your weight, so you'll have to make that call yourself. I am 6 ft tall with a 32 inch inseam and I ride a 58 cm bike.

Todd in TX
Agree on the 58cm size ...HouseMoney
Aug 20, 2003 12:49 PM
I'm maybe a hair shorter than 6' tall & I'm on a 58cm frame. My mountain bike has a 23½" tt, 120mm stem, & a Thomson straight seatpost.

If you go to www.motobecane.com, you can see the geometry of the '03 version. It looks like the top tube on their 58cm could be 570mm (my 58cm CAAD5 is 575mm). When I re-entered the roadie world last November, the bikes I was sized for were 58 ±1cm.