Dr_Mutley wrote:As expected no where in adelaide has any Felts in the 650s, or any CF WSD frames of anysize. The only felt found was a WSD alloy low end bike (sora/triple gruppo) in a Small (smallest of the 700s). Its geometry i think is similar to its CF counterpart, but alas it felt horrible to sit on (pardon the pun), and was a very similar fell to the geometry she is riding already.
Yes, it's very difficult. It sounds like 700s will be borderline, and they'll have steep seat tubes to boot which limits your ability to fine tune position without sacrificing handling. Sadly most women don't even get to try a 650, and most shops will try to dissuade them anyway - which speaks volumes about their commitment to fit. I did ask one guy once if he told his male customers to buy bikes that were too big, but apparently he didn't.
If you can get through to Cannondale Sydney and plead the case, or hope the dealer has a good relationship with them, they might help by allowing the shop to return the bike if she doesn't love it. Not sure if the Felt distributor would do the same, but it's so sad that they would launch a good range of 650s and then not make them available to try. Good luck. I'll be interested in how you get on.