I spent a few moments looking at the bikes a few of my friends were riding at the 3S3M and saw that one guy was an inch taller than me but his bike was a 54cm, where mine is a 58. I’ve had this seeking suspicion for a while that I’d be happier on a smaller frame and this just fanned the flames.
My Mom recently switched frames to something a little smaller and she loaned me her old frame to try. It’s an Orbea in women’s colors and is around a 54 cm. Dad and I built it up with parts I had around the basement and with a few odd and ends from Dad’s. Last night was my maiden voyage on it.
My suspicions were confirmed. Its too small, but not WAY to small. If I found a seat post with lots of setback I could probably ride it, but as of now I’m constantly wanting to hang my but off the back. I did a speed run on the trail and was very comfortable in the drops for extended amounts of time. The short reach seemed to take a lot of strain off my body.
I took a short spin on my bike tonight and found it to feel really big after riding the little bike. Now I’ve got it in my mind I need to find a 56 frame.
What do you guys think, 5’11” dude, 58 or 56 frame?