What size road bike for someone 5'8"?

Discussion in 'Road Bikes' started by interlago_m3, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. interlago_m3

    interlago_m3 New Member

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    When i went to bike shop, the guy from shop told me 5'8 should ride 54cm bike. But i tried my friend's bike, have below comment:
    cannondal carbon 6 -50cm too small
    specialized tarmac -52cm with high seat post, size fit but not speedy
    Kestrel RT-800 -53cm, feel little too big, but speedy

    can any one give me some idea, thanks
     
  2. speedfan

    speedfan speedfan

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    Size

    You should find a good local shop with a person who can fit you. I tried the random, much better fit after i got help. Is this your first bike? Whichever bike it is, good luck and enjoy.
     

  3. jdcaff

    jdcaff New Member

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    a good start

    That's not a bad starting place, but a good local bike shop will use a combo of this baseline measurement, how the bike 'feels' to you on test rides (which they should allow), a professional fitting, etc... There are many variables that affect the fit (long or short legs, torso, arms etc... for your overall height), all of which a good LBS will take into account. Sounds like you already have a good start with riding different frames and getting an idea of what feels right and what doesn't. Picking a bike isn't a snap decision. Analyze and enjoy the process and ultimately when you settle on one, you'll be a happier cyclist for it.
     
  4. rich88

    rich88 New Member

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    Lots and lots of variables you need to consider if you are looking for ideal fit. A size 54 between bike makers could be very different when it comes geometry and lengths. Research proper fitting online. There is a ton of good info available. For new riders the one criteria I wouldn't put a lot of weight on is "how is feels." A new rider has no idea how a properly fitted bike should feel. How a properly sized and fitted bike feels initially will change as you become more fit and accustomed to the cycling position.
     
  5. Garilia

    Garilia New Member

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    There are too many body type variations to not go with a fitting, especially for a road bike, as you're more apt to spend a lot of time pedaling that thing!

    I'm 5'9, and I have shorter legs and a longer torso, my standover height is under 30", on a Specialized Secteur I felt better on a 50 cm as compared to the 52, but that was just around the parking lot. Meanwhile I know people shorter than me with longer legs.
     
  6. greenhorn

    greenhorn greenhorn

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    5'7" here and a 48cm fits me perfect. But everyone's legs are different. But don't buy one that doesn't feel right, you will never be comfortable.
     
  7. jeepster93

    jeepster93 New Member

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    That is...interesting.
    I am 5'10" and and very well fit to a 58 cm road bike.

    Use a fit calculator.
     
  8. Garilia

    Garilia New Member

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    Yup, you're only about an inch taller than me, but I'm thinking of a 50. Maybe I need a Nut Bra to increase my standover height!
     
  9. flanderscycling

    flanderscycling New Member

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    Hey guys, size is not the most important