singlespeedscott wrote:Rural Rider wrote:Bike Sizing? Don't believe the manufacturers advice on Frame Size. I just went through this with all data and charts telling me that at 183cm tall, I am a size 58 Frame! Went to the Bike store and right away the Sales cat says ... 'Oh no you're not' ... in complete contradiction of what the Manufacturing Frame Data states. Turns out I was absolutely perfect for a 56 Frame size and one size smaller than what that very Bike Company stated I should be on. So bottom line ... if you can, go physically sit on the bike - you'll save yourself a lot of trouble.
56cm is a very small frame for a someone as tall as you. Do you have short legs for your height/
Out of interest was the bike already on the floor or did they order it in after sizing you up?
It's a question of how long is a piece of string I suppose - the stand over height for the 56 frame Specialized Allez is perfect for me and I am every bit 183cm tall. My legs are fine thanks ... I'm pretty sure I'm in fairly good proportion!
The Bike bought was on the Floor, but the funny thing is I went and got sized from a completely different Bike Shop before buying the Bike at another Bike shop where I knew they had a 56 Frame on Sale. Both of the Bike Shop owners completely independantly told me the exact same thing, that different manufacturers can have differences in Frame size between each other and sometimes betwen the models from memory. And it is quite right ... I fit this bike perfectly, nobody was trying to sell me a Bike that was too small ... I have another Bike at home that's a 58 Frame in that Style and it fits me just as well.
I don't make em ... I just ride em ...