Originally Posted by samspade73
I'm a competitive triathlete (top regional runner, learning more about cycling) and need some help in selecting a road bike. I've been professionally fitted for my TT bike (the only options I was given were Cannondale Slide, Scott Plasma and Blue Triad. I went for the Blue and have been very pleased). But, I'd like to replace my old road bike to training and some category 4/5 races next year. When I've gone to bikeshops or emailed online vendors they will ONLY recommend bikes they sell. The fit measurements for my tri bike aren't very helpful. I measured myself using this tool and this is what I came up with:
Questions: 1) Good bike maker for Long Leg/Short Torso
2) Any online resource where I can enter my measurements and it will recommend a bike?
I have long legs and a short torso.
WS Recommended Road Sizes
Frame Size center-to-center: 53 cm
Frame Size center-to-top: 54 cm
Overall Reach: 67.50 cm
Saddle Height: 71.77 cm
Handlebar Width: 46 cm
Height: 70.00 in
Sternum Notch: 57.00 in
Inseam Length: 32.00 in
Arm Length: 25.00 in
Shoulder Width: 20.25 in
Flexiblity: 7 or 8
Weight: 163.00 lbs
Foot Size: 10.50 USMens
FWIW. You are an inch taller than I am ...
As daveryanwyoming concluded, I believe you can use almost "any stock bike ..."
I happen to set the top of the saddles on most of my bikes at 28.25" above the center of the crankset (the actual measurement varies slightly with different length cranks than the ones which are pictured), so you can use my OLMO (53x55) for reference [i.e., a picture is worth a thousand words]:
Because I set up my bikes with a combined top tube & stem length of 66cm, the pictured stem length is 110mm. The actual reach to the rear of the horns on the hoods is longer than 66cm.
- I presume "Overall Reach" represents the combined top tube & stem length
IMO, to some extent (after a person knows-or-determines the parameters for the "contact points") frame size IS a matter of flexibility to some extent AND aesthetic sensibilites to possibly a greater extent ...
- If you were to choose a frame with a 54cm top tube, then you would need a 135mm stem to achieve the specified Overall Reach: 67.50 cm -- some people like the look of a really long stem ...
- With a 55cm top tube (real or virtual) you would use a 125mm stem (handlebar reach varies from is not a constant between various brands & models and can affect the stem length you actually select)
- et cetera
According to Wrench Science's calculations, simply changing the stem on my Olmo & the cranks to whatever length you use (those are 175mm) would make my Olmo ready-to-ride for you. If my Olmo's proportions suit your aesthetic sensibilities & flexibility (shifter/handlebar height relative to the top of the saddle), then almost any off-the-peg frame will do (at least, almost any Italian frameset) ...
- Buy a Pinarello or Bianchi if you want a ready-to-ride bike ...
- Buy a Colnago, Pegoretti, De Rosa or Olmo if you want a frame onto which you will put your own components.
- Obviously, there are OTHER bike frames you can choose!
BTW. So, how does a frame with a 130mm stem look? Here's a 51x53 frame with a 130mm stem:
A 130mm stem does not suit my aesthetic sensibilites but that length stem was necessary for ME to use the particular frame.