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if only i was taller.(7 posts)

if only i was taller.cooperwright
Aug 27, 2003 8:44 PM
i'm a newbie and getting ready to buy my first road bike. it'll be a kodak moment. anyway, i need about a 48 cm/XS (i'm 5'0") and it appears that my options are limited due to my size and geography (rural area). i'm currently looking at the k2 mach 1.0 and giant ocr3 - they both have my size, unlike trek and specialized. i haven't done any test rides, yet, but will be as soon as the bike shop gets the correct size in stock.

any input on k2 vs giant? what sort of real difference is there between standard and compact geometry? any other brands i should be looking at that are widely available?

to head off the inevitable question - yes, i've looked at women-specific designs, but they are definitely out of my price range.
re: if only i was taller.VaughnA
Aug 28, 2003 6:14 AM
What about the Trek WSD designs? I know of a few guys riding them that like them. My wife has the 2000 in a 47 and loves it.

re: if only i was taller.cooperwright
Aug 28, 2003 8:01 AM
like i said... out of my price range. i'm looking for an entry level around $600, not something in the $1k range. if i could, i'd buy a nicer bike - perhaps in the future when i'm more into the sport.
re: if only i was taller.innergel
Aug 28, 2003 8:16 AM
Get the bike that fits best, even if it is a bit more expensive. If you get a less expensive bike that does not fit properly, you will be less comfortable on the bike and will most likely ride less, and possibly end up giving up the sport because "it hurts to ride". In the cycling world, $400 is not a ton of money, although in relation to your budget it's a lot.

Suppose you get the $600 bike that is just a little bit off for your sizing. To get a new stem, handlebars, seatpost, saddle, crankarms, etc. to attempt to fix your sizing problem could easily run you into the $400 range. And any one of these items could be $100 or so. That's almost 20% of the cost of your entire bike.

I went through this same exercise with my sister early this summer. She had the same budget as you. After a long search and discussion with a few LBS guys, we settled on a Specialized Allez (I think) for around $850 or so. It was a 105/Tiagra bike with a carbon fork, Ritchey wheels, and some Specialized branded components. A perfectly functional and durable entry level bike for just a little bit more than her budget. And with the compact geometry, it should be easier to fit you into a small size.

Just my $0.02.
Fuji? other brands?cooperwright
Aug 28, 2003 10:35 AM
i would very much prefer to get a more expensibe bike, but, you know, reality must set in at some point. right now i'm saving up for other things that take precedence over biking and it's hard enough to justify getting a new bike when my fisher is so wonderful (for a mtb). we can always hope for a nice tax return, though.

what about fuji bikes? i haven't seen any in person, but they have a women's bike for around $600 on their site ("finest women's"). what other lesser known brands should i be looking at?
if only i was wouldnt be able to climb as good nmrrjc5488
Aug 28, 2003 7:04 AM
re: if only i was shorter.innergel
Aug 28, 2003 8:26 AM
I wouldn't have to have a 330mm seatpost in my roadbike, wouldn't get as badly thrashed in a headwind/crosswind, wouldn't have dinky little climbers wheelsucking me on the flats, would have more than 2 bikes in the shop to choose from, would be able to buy a pair of bibs that didn't give me major cameltoe, wouldn't be so uncomfortable in airplanes and movie theaters.

But I always have a good view at concerts and never get lost in a crowd :-)