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I think it's too small....(5 posts)

I think it's too small....Roger H
Feb 2, 2004 5:55 AM
I just bought a Lemond on Ebay. Seemed like a good deal. Only $1200 -"Lemond Maillot Jaune 57cm road bike with full Dura Ace components and Bontrager Race X Lite wheels. Bike has been demoed with less than 50 miles on it. Frame is made of Reynolds 853 tubing and carbon fork. Cranks are 175mm with 39/53t rings, 12-23t rear cassette, Selle San Marco Era saddle, 3T bar and stem, Continental Grand Prix 3000 tires, LOOK pedals, Cateye wireless computer" Now, sigh, I realize that a 57 is probably too small. I ride a 59 Ultimate (57 ctc) which is about right. The top tubes are the same, headtubes are the same, but the seat tube on the Lemond must be at least a cm shorter. Now I'll just beat myself up till it arrives. Do you think it could possibly work?
Naw, "they" say size doesn't count.Mike Tea
Feb 2, 2004 6:02 AM
The only critical dimension here is the top tube measurement which you say is the same. Heck seatposts go up and down about four inches while reach is only variable by as many centimeters.

The only real test will be to set the correct seat height and look to see if you're happy with it. If not, then e-bay works both ways.
Should be close enoughbimini
Feb 2, 2004 7:17 AM
The seat goes up and down, and fore and aft. If the there is not enough fore and aft you can always get a post with more setback or set forward. Once you got the seat possition nailed then you may need to play with stem length and bar height. If the bars need to be raised you can add spacers or turn the stem upside down to raise the bars, or get a stem with a 17 degree angle so you can do this.

Between the two the frame can be made to be a great fit, but the fashion police my arrest you for having too much seat tube showing and having elevated handlebars. I don't let such things bother me but I'm a Fred and proud of it.
Check Lemond Geometry on lineKeeponTrekkin
Feb 2, 2004 9:04 AM
Lemond (owned by Trek) has similar geometry. Trek measures seat tube height to top of seat tube (while many others measure to center of top tube) Thus, standover height on a Trek of comparable frame size tends to be lower. However, as previously stated, the top tube length is the most important. It might be that this is indeed your "right" size. Seat tube angle influences fit too. I too think you'll probably have the adjustability you need in the seat.
Should be okay...Roger H
Feb 2, 2004 4:16 PM
The online chart looked like center to top. As it turns out ( I called tech support), this bike is measured ctc, so it should be fine. Thanks for the input.