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Frames - sizing up the problems

Jul 26, 2009
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I currently ride a 57 c/c Gios A90. It's an aluminium frame with Mizuno carbon forks. Having upgraded components over the last couple of years I realise that the time has come to perhaps upgrade to a full carbon frame. I'm 6 foot tall trying to work out how I can get a new road bike that doesn't look the size of a farm gate. Brad Wiggins seems to have solved this considering he's taller than me but current Sky Pinarello doesn't look very big. Can somebody explain how he's doing this?

Mar 16, 2009
Pros often ride a smaller frameset than one ridden by a similar-sized civilian. For instance, I am 6' 4" tall and have a size 48 foot. I ride a 61 cm frame with the seat pillar nearly maxxed, 130 mm stem, 175 mm cranks. Tom Boonen, who has almost precisely the same dimensions as me (except for weight :)), rides a 58 cm frame, 140 mm stem, 177.5 mm cranks, and significantly more saddle setback. Frequently, the pros make up the difference by maxxing their seat pillar extension, running more saddle setback, and using longer stems.

Look at pictures of bikes ridden by Boonen, Ballan, Pozzato, Millar, Rory Sutherland, etc. They all ride frames sized slightly smaller than you might think given their height.

The goal is, I believe, to ride a slightly smaller, lighter, and stiffer bike.
Mar 16, 2009
This frame looks tiny under Dmytro Grabovskyy of ISD