Tuesday, November 25 2008, 12:00 AM
Bottomless CL Day!
Sick deals back to back all day long.
I personally wouldn't get a bike I wasn't sure would fit unless it was a screaming deal with a good return policy (i.e. Chainlove)
But... if you're determined - it's easier to make a slightly small bike fit larger and feel right than it is to make a too large bike fit smaller and feel right.
I ride a Scott USA CR 1 that has the compact geometry. It sounds like we are similarly sized. I'm 6' and a 34" inseam as well. I ride a large sized frame. Cat is right though. It depends if you want the racer feel or the comfort feel. The XL would definitely have more of the stretched out feel. According to Giant (they invented compact geometry) you would be sized on a large. However a large can be made to fit like an extra large and vice versa.
Chief - What angles are the seat tubes at on any of those? Is that virtual toptube or actual?
How similar to the specialized ruby is the specialized roubaiux? And I guess another question is... how upright to do you want to be, vs. how much do you want to be tucked down in an aero position. If you want the tucked down aero for racing, go with the 55 cm frame, or go with the 57 cm frame if you're more of an upright rider. They both look reasonably similar to what you're riding, except they have less standover, the 57 will have you a little bit more stretched out on the top tube (but you can adjust the stem), and the 55 will have you less stretched out. Usually on a road bike, I'm not too worried about how much standover i have as long as I'm not racking myself everytime I get off.
I'm not sure this helps, but this is my experience with "compact geometry"
I'm 5'1, 29 inch inseam, and I usually ride about a 48-49 inch bike. I have my bikes set up fairly upright and so they've got fairly high angle short stems to bring the handlebars maybe about even... I can still tuck down if I need to, but it gets the weight off my wrists.
But anyways - when going to test ride a specialized ruby, they fit me on a 53 cm specialized ruby, and measured it vs. the bike I'm currently riding and given the "compact" geometry - I was riding comfortably on the 53 cm.
I just bought a virtual 53cm carbon frame off craigslist that fits me great. Smaller seat angle and longer top tube means I'm a bit more stretched out than I am on my other bikes, but it's got a shorter wheel base so it's a bit faster and more responsive.
I am not sure if we have any fit gurus on chainlove but I haven't had any replies to my post on roadbikereview so I wondered if you all have an opinion.
I am looking closely at the Look 566 but don't know what size I need. I don't have a Look dealer in my area and am concered about buying the right size. I am comfortably riding a Specialized Roubaix in Size 56 with following measurements of it sloping frame.
Seat Tube (Center to Top): 515 mm
Top Tube (Horizontal Effective): 565 mm
Stand Over: 776mm
Head Tube: 190mm
In the Look 566 I don't know to order the Large (55) or XL (57)
The same specs on the Look 566 are
Top Tube: 55: 558mm 57: 574mm
Seat Tube: 55: 525mm, 57 545mm
Seat Tube Virtual: 55: 575mm, 57: 590mm
head Tube: 55: 185 57: 205mm
standover: 55: 791mm, 57: 808mm
I am 6 foot even and have a 34 inch inseam. I also ride a Orbea Opal in size 57 and like the fit. This sloping geometry really messes my up. :-(
Anybody tried these and know which size Look would be comparible to the Roubaix I ride?
Alright, this is getting (has gotten) old. Try a little update now and again...
Fool me once, my bad.
Fool me five times, your bad.
I think the fool is the one who can't code their page to refresh automagically....
Well, it certainy doesn't work as well as it did last week. Last week it would refresh automatically... now I'm a fool at 0:00.
Is any one else having problems with the count down, so far it must have counted down from 6 7 times. I even hit f5, fool.