Carrera TDF, 54cm, 6'0 rider ?
I’m debating one of these
Partial logic is for a cheapie bike for holidays, partly as a road training too for now/winter etc
Size OK ?
Seems to be a decent enough machine for the money ?Posted 3 years agoneilsonwheelsMember
You will towards the upper limit of the bike but it won’t be clown like. If you are struggling for room stick a longer stem on it. I have am just fitting some nice new cranks to a 51cm TDF and top tube comes up as 54cm. Compare that to my roadie which is 52cm and has a top tube of 53cm. The 54cm TDF should be fine. I am 5’8″ and the TDF large is way too big for me.Posted 3 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
A lot of frames are very different, size wise. My road bike is 56, cx is 52, but they measure up pretty much the same size.
and vice versa for me; road bike labelled as a 52, CX bike labelled as a 56, both have 55cm effective TT’s which suits me at 5’10”.
You need to figure out the TT length and how that fits you, manufacturers sizing by seattube is anachronistic and of little use.Posted 3 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
I bought a 54TDF a few weeks ago, just soI could release the Croix de Fer from the Turbo.
I though it might be a bit small for me (6ft 1″) but as it was specifically to stay on the turbo, it didn’t really matter, well, if anything it’s a tad long but does have a long stem.
I can’t complain about the size at all, but as may prefer smaller bikes. A 58 Allez was too big for me (IMO) large Enduro too large, 20″ inbred was ok, just, CdF is a 56. Now on a Santa Cruz Blur (large) but they do come up small compared to other brands large frames.Posted 3 years ago
Well I’ve just been and sat on one in Halfords, not one I could buy as it’s reserved and I’ve reserved one in a different shop. The TT is HUGE in length, the 54cm was easily big enough for me, it’s not beyond possible I could do with a slightly smaller stem on there arguably. So I’m happy that a 54cm fits well.
Just need to complete the decision between this and a used Genesis I/O 29er SS that has recently come about again 🙂Posted 3 years ago
I’m still torn on this one, mostly because last time I bought a Road bike, I really didn’t get on with it… only kept it 3-4 weeks and 200 miles, I don’t mind riding on the roads, but can’t stand the ‘flighty’ way the road bike felt. Climbed well and worked well… but must admit I never really felt at home on it… Maybe I didn’t give it long enough…. Hmmm who knows.
Option 2 at the moment is still under price discussion.
Option 3 is the Pinnacle Ramin 1 I nearly bought a couple of weeks back, but that one at £400 in Evans is blowing the ‘budget’ hugely.
I keep looking on Ebay/PB etc but there’s very little else within budget and distance (Berks + 70miles) that jumps out at me as a viable ‘winter’ bike for my money available.
There was a decent looking CUBE up on ebay, but I snoozed and loozed 😉
Any other inspirational ideas would be more than welcome.Posted 3 years agoTiRedMember
In general, with the compact frames and range of stems available, and ease of changing, frame size isn’t as critical as it used to be. At 6 ft, you would be a 56-58 and the standover height used to determine which size fit.
Now you could ride a 54 with a 120mm stem, a 52 with a 140mm stem (and regulation team kit for the full pro look) or a 58 with a 100mm stem.
As already mentioned, the biggest difference (other than the odd half a degree in head and seat angle which you won’t notice) is head tube length. That’s why pros ride very small frames with long stems – to get the bars low.
If the 54 was a bargain, and all that was available, i’d happily buy it. I’d probably not go smaller for a first road bike though, unless you have a good chiropractor 😉Posted 3 years ago
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