Fuji sizing

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by ItsPureLuck, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. ItsPureLuck

    ItsPureLuck New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I am new to cycling, much like most others on this thread. Currently I am looking at purchasing a 2011 Fuji Newest 1.0. So far I have worked out a pretty good deal with the salesmen (I think its a good deal). Right now we are at $800. The price seems good, but I am worried about the sizing. I am 5'9" and i am of average proportions. The salesmen says that Fuji measures their bicycles using a different method than most other manufactures. Anyways he is saying that I should buy the medium bike measuring 50cm. A 50 cm bike seems like it would be small for someone of my height. I would more than appreciate any information on if this is a "good deal" and / or if you think the bike will be too small. I have taken it for a test drive, but i have no cycling experience and don't know anything about sizing or much else. Thanks again for your advice.
     
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  2. CRITFITxCOACHD

    CRITFITxCOACHD New Member

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    I have been riding Fuji bikes for about 4 years now and I love them as a coach and as a Pro 1/2 cyclist. I am 5'6" at 147 and I ride a 50 cm SST 1.0 and 50cm SL1. I think that you might be better served on a 52cm bike. I fear that you are being pushed into a close out bike and that is the only size he might have left.
    Ask this questions.
    What year is the bike? 2012s are out so dealers are trying to close out 2011 and below. As for the price, I really can't saw due to the fact that location has an effect on sale price. If it is a 2011 or lower model expect to pay $699-$899. If it is 2012 expect $1000.
    I think you should visit http://www.fujibikes.com/ for more info.
    Ride hard but ride safe.

    Coach D.
    CritFit.net
     
  3. danfoz

    danfoz Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, they don't really seem to have a uniform convention. I am 5'9" and personally would go with whatever size got me an effective top tube of 54.5cm - for the Newest that's a 50cm, and 54cm for a SST.
     
  4. ItsPureLuck

    ItsPureLuck New Member

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    Here is a chart of the geometry of the bike. The salesmen had this bike in a large and has access to fuji overstock, so he can order it in any size I want.


    GEOMETRY SIZE XS(42cm) S(46cm) M(50cm) L(54cm) XL(58cm) SEAT TUBE- CENTER TO TOP 420.0 460.0 500.0 540.0 580.0 SEAT TUBE- CENTER TO CENTER N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A EFFECTIVE TOP TUBE LENGTH 510.0 530.0 545.0 565.0 590.0 REACH 379.5 375.8 376.0 390.0 404.0 STACK 512.0 535.6 565.9 572.5 607.0 FORK OFFSET 45.0 45.0 45.0 45.0 45.0 HEAD TUBE ANGLE 71.0 71.5 72.5 73.0 73.0 SEAT TUBE ANGLE 76.0 74.5 73.5 73.0 73.0 CHAIN STAY 420.0 420.0 420.0 420.0 420.0 WHEELBASE 993.1 996.6 994.0 1004.4 1029.3 HEAD TUBE LENGTH 105.0 126.0 156.0 161.0 197.0 BOTTOM BRACKET HEIGHT 263.0 263.0 263.0 263.0 263.0 BOTTOM BRACKET DROP 71.1 71.1 71.1 71.1 71.1 STAND OVER HEIGHT 710.9 739.4 773.7 795.3 831.4 CRANK LENGTH 170.0 170.0 175.0 175.0 175.0 STEM LENGTH 90.0 90.0 100.0 100.0 110.0 HANDLEBAR WIDTH 400.0 420.0 420.0 440.0 440.0




    in the effective top tube length it says 54.5cm. Would it be length that i am looking for or height?
     
  5. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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    A 54.5 cm top tube puts the bike right in the middle of medium territory. If you have any doubt, try other bikes on for size that hit that 54-55 cm top tube and 15.6 cm head tube.

    To most manufacturers medium means a 54 cm seat tube. Because just about everybody uses some sort of compact geometry now, actual seat tube length is considerably shorter and is, for most riders, quite useless in determining if a frame will fit. The frame size becomes virtualized, which I can explain if you really want to hear it. But many Fuji models use the actual seat tube length, which is even more useless. If you're a medium sized guy, most likely you'll need the medium sized frame.
     
  6. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    FWIW. I believe that I am agreeing with everyone who believes that you should choose a medium FUJI frame whose viritual top tube is in the 54.5cm range ...

    I am 5'9" and my preferred frame choice has a top tube in the fore mentioned range FOR COSMETIC REASONS as much as for practical reasons ...

    • basically, I want the top tube + stem length to equal a combined length of 66cm +/- the width & bend of the handlebar + location of the brake levers will affect what 'I' refer to as the "reach"
    • 'I' try to set up my bikes so that the reach is AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE to being THE SAME regardless of the particular handlebars
    [*] the head tube length + stack will have an effect the "reach"

    Here is one of my bikes whose top tube is 55cm & the stem is 110mm

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    Some people would not want their handlebars AND brake levers to be as low relative to the saddle. However, many people would want their handlebars & brake levers to be lower.

    For your reference, here is another bike with a LARGER frame whose seat tube & top tube (57cm) are longer which I set up to feel-the-same-to-me when I am riding the bike by using a shorter, 9cm stem + handlebars with a deeper drop:

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    The positioning of the handlebars can have a larger effect on how the bike feels than you might think. What works for me MAY NOT work for you, and vice-versa.
     
  7. alfeng

    alfeng Well-Known Member

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    BTW. Here is a 52cm (c-c) frame with a 54.5cm top tube ...

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    The PEUGEOT & OLMO have 700c wheels and the RALEIGH has 27" wheels.
     
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