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When fit is perfect did frame size get bigger or smaller?(7 posts)

When fit is perfect did frame size get bigger or smaller?hothand
Jan 22, 2004 8:16 AM
I have been riding for about 15 years and only in the last 5 years have I had a bike that fit well and was comfortable.

I am 6'1" and went through the following sizes before I got a good fitting bike.


I finally got a 57cm with a 57.5 tt that fits like a glove. I was suprised because I thought it would be too small.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?
Got bigger for meOffTheBack
Jan 22, 2004 8:53 AM
Like you, I've been riding for many years and experimented with several frame sizes. What I eventually discovered (via online fit calculators) was that I have short legs and a long torso, so standard bikes that "look" like the right size in terms of exposed seatpost are actually too short in the top tube.

My current bike is a compact frame, which gives me the right length without having to sit right on the top tube.
Bigger for me, tooCory
Jan 22, 2004 9:03 AM
I'm a little too tall for the 62cm bikes that are the biggest most shops stock, but I let them talk me into a series of them because I got good deals and free longer seatposts. When I finally bought a 64, it felt so good my next one will be a 65.
That's what I was going to say!MShaw
Jan 22, 2004 9:03 AM
I've known that I have short legs and a long torso for years, BUT back when, there wasn't such a critter as a compact frame. Buy the right size TT and I got to graze the boys on the TT every time I stopped.

Now that there's such a thing as a compact frame, I've gone a little longer in the TT and a lot shorter in the ST.

So, to answer your question. Yes. I've gone bigger and smaller at the same time.

Ditto. Compact frames prevent me having to ride bikes that are too tall to get a good TT length. -nmTig
Jan 22, 2004 7:16 PM
I went the opposite way.MR_GRUMPY
Jan 22, 2004 9:02 AM
I started out with a 58 frame with a 57.5 TT and a 140mm stem. The next bike was a 59 with a 58 TT and a 140 stem. The next one is a 59 with a 58.5 TT with a 135mm stem. My latest one is a 60 with a 59 TT and a 130 stem.
BiggerDave Hickey
Jan 22, 2004 11:50 AM
My first bikes were too small. The TT measurement has never been a problem. They've all been within 1cm of each other. For me, headtube height was my reason for finally going to a larger frame. I'm much more comfortable with a close saddle/bar drop. My current bikes have about 3cm of bar drop...