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sizing question: 57 or 59(5 posts)

sizing question: 57 or 59jbw
May 12, 2002 11:02 PM
i'm looking a new road bike. when i measure/get sized, my LBS recommends a 58. The bike i want to get comes in 57 or 59. should i go a cm long or a cm short? what will the trade-off be? thanks,
go with top tube length...merckx56
May 13, 2002 6:33 AM
the vertical sizing is almost immaterial. it's easier to go with a longer stem on a short top tube than the other way around. how tall are you and what's your inseam?
go with top tube length...jbw
May 13, 2002 8:47 AM
whoops... that was actually top tube i was talking about. should have mentioned it. i am 6'1" with a 33 inch inseam.
get the 57...merckx56
May 13, 2002 11:33 AM
I'm 6'1" and have a 32 inch inseam and ride a 57 Look(56.5 top tube) and a 56 Eddy Merckx (56 top tube). the Look has a 120 stem, while the Merckx has a 125, thus creating the same cockpit. the difference between a 57 tt and a 59 tt is huge (more than just 2 cm)! the 57 with a stem somewhere between 110 and 125 should do the trick. if your LBS is worth a crap, they'll fit you to be sure that the bike fits and is set-up properly. ask questions when you go to the shop. i tried a 59 litespeed ulitmate that was a swinging deal, but it was just too long! a deal really isn't if the frame doesn't fit! hope this helps!
get the 57...jbw
May 13, 2002 11:54 AM
thanks. that sounds right. the bike shop doesn't have any 57s or 59s built up in what i'm looking for. i dont want to push them too far b/c i will probably be getting the bike from a friend who works for the frame co. i do know someone with a cross bike in 59 from the same company-- i can ride that and that should make my decision final.