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Offline supernova

Bike sizing - am i delusional?
« on: March 22, 2015, 08:11:55 pm »
Greetings. I commute/ride a 54cm CAAD10 and am absolutely thrilled with the fit. I was bike shopping today and was able to take the Surly Disc Trucker 56cm, Salsa Vaya 2 55cm, Raleigh Sojourn 53cm, and Specialized AWOL M out for a spin. The Sojourn too small (no surprise). The DT, with the stem lowered felt great. The Vaya 2 did not have enough reach though it felt okay in the drops, alebit a little squished (think it would be good with a 56cm and stem lowered). The AWOL was fine. I think I want to put in an order for the 56cm Vaya. The effective top tube length for the Vaya: 560cm, AWOL: 575cm, DT: 570, and CAAD10: 545cm.
According to this spreadsheet for the Surly LHT and DT (, I should be selecting something smaller, that is the trend at least. I know you are supposed to buy what is right for you, but it worries me that I prefer a size that is larger than my road bike and opposite a small sample of people.  I have been riding road bikes for over 13 years and when I got the 54 cm CAAD10 in 2013, my 55cm Bianchi Brava was suddenly too big. Am I missing something? Is the geometry that different? Thanks!

Offline RonK

Bike sizing - am i delusional?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2015, 03:18:26 am »
You're comparing a road bike to touring bikes. The taller headtube effectively shortens the reach, so a longer top tube may still feel comfortable.
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Offline supernova

Re: Bike sizing - am i delusional?
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2015, 11:45:20 pm »
Thanks. I've discussed my findings with the bike shop and a 55cm Vaya 2 is on order. I'll report back.