Frame size question

1. thekauz New Member

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i finally got a friend to buy an entry level road bike. Now the question. He is 5'6" and with his inseam the calculation say he should start at 53cm for a frame size. He was sold a 51cm, without, mind you, a fitting of anykind. Using the standard formulas, we can get his seat height where it should be. The next size offered on the bike is a 54cm. Which would give him about 5 more inchs of top tube.
Sitting on the 51cm now he is sitting at about a 45 degree aggle. Though I think he should be in a 54 wthe additional top tube length of a 54cm and with the length of the handle bar stem he might be sitting much more horizontal than a new rider might like.

Any suggestions.

The bike he bought was a Scattante R330

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2. oldbobcat Well-Known Member

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Five inches of top tube is a long distance. Are you sure you didn't mean centimeters?

There are many factors that go into a good cycle fit, too many and too complicated without seeing the rider on the bike or conversing directly with the rider regarding what he likes or dislikes about his choice. He sounds happier with his purchase than you do, 51 cm is not too far off, and he'll find a way to make it fit if he gets serious about it.

3. thekauz New Member

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That number sounded odd to me too. I had performance send me the geometry and the numbers are not as bad as I originally post, here's the link:

http://media.performancebike.com/images/performance/productinfo/30-2666-SIZING.gif

I think either or would work. The smaller frame might suit him better anyway. but the purest in our group still say the 54cm would be a better choice even with the marginal difference in size......

4. danfoz Well-Known Member

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If it's between those sizes he may be better of with the smaller. An almost 55.5cm top tube is on the long side for someone 5'6". If he's long armed or long in the torso maybe it is the right size. A frame on the small side can often be remedied by flipping the stem or adding headset spacers, and /or buying a longer stem. A larger frame with a shorter stem and/or removing spacers. I'm 5'9" with relatively normal proportions and wouldn't go above a 54cm (and certainly nothing longer than a 55cm effective top tube). But people are different.

And if the bike seems to work for him...

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