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itsflantastic 09-23-2020 04:08 PM

Looking for a complete bike for my brother (58cm-ish)
 
Could really use the forum's help on this one. My brother Mike has had a 57cm Bianchi Giro for about 13 years. To make it work, he had to get a stem with a really steep angle to raise the bars a lot.

I asked him to do the Competitive Cyclist Measurement chart and here's what he came back with:

Total height: 6' 1/2" (72.5")
Inseam: 35"
Thigh: 25.5"
Lower leg: 23"
Trunk: 27"
Sternal notch: 59.75"
Forearm: 12.5"
Total arm: 24"

I'm skeptical that his inseam is really 35"...probably not quite...

Anyway! I looked at this and thought a 58 would probably do. We're looking to find a complete bike for him under $1500 (including shipping). The closer to 1k we can get the better as his budget is tight.

I think the only requirements are that he wants decent components and a fairly relaxed ride... He wants a road bike, but doesn't want too much saddle to bar drop. Doesn't need disc brakes, but a more modern groupset would be preferable (at least 10spd).

Would love to see what you think for sizing based on the above measurements and look forward to seeing what bikes you may have that fit the bill.

Thank you!
Dan

cabriggs 09-23-2020 04:33 PM

I'm 6'0", 34" inseam and I generally fit 58's, and like your brother, I don't like a lot of drop either. I could ride a 56 but I like the additional stack of 58's.

Sounds like you're looking for an endurance geo with an alu frame. You can get a Cannondale Synapse with Tiagra for $1400. You can also look at the Trek Domane, though the Tiagra build is over $1500. Both also have Sora options for less.

Clean39T 09-23-2020 04:36 PM

https://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=258738

Classic - wide gear range - not too much drop.

But yeah, an Alum Synapse or Domane would probably be more his speed.

That's a tough segment to hunt bikes in these days given suppliers are pretty short.

oliver1850 09-23-2020 04:39 PM

I have a 58 cm aluminum Torelli Spada. Has Campagnolo 9 speed now but I could change it to 10 speed if needed. Similar to this but red with a black fork:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-TOR...sAAOSwYlRZE2vI

itsflantastic 09-23-2020 04:48 PM

Thanks guys -
I think he's looking for something steel or carbon probably. His Bianchi was aluminum and I think he's interested in trying to find something a little smoother.
Dan

Clean39T 09-23-2020 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by itsflantastic (Post 2800130)
Thanks guys -
I think he's looking for something steel or carbon probably. His Bianchi was aluminum and I think he's interested in trying to find something a little smoother.
Dan

Modern aluminum is much more compliant, plus when combined with modern rims and tires, there is no comparison to a late '00s aluminum road bike running 23s at 110psi. Just an FYI.

CaptStash 09-23-2020 05:22 PM

Guru Racelite
 
I think I have what you want!

I have a 58 cm Guru Racelite (Altec tubing) that is too big for me. It's currently built-up with a perfectly serviceable Ultegra 6600 groupset and a compact Shimano (I thinks it's an R-700) crank. Wheels are Bontrager Racelites.

The bike is a hoot to ride, it's quick and fun without being harsh. It handles exceptionally well and rewards a bigger rider who can put a little more weight over the front wheel than I do.

I could definitely do $700 plus shipping.

Let me know if you are interested.

Saul aka CaptStash....

PS: I sent a PM as well.

johnniecakes 09-23-2020 08:15 PM

I could meet you half way to deliver, save on shipping
https://reading.craigslist.org/bik/d...199392550.html

cabriggs 09-23-2020 11:36 PM

It occurred to me that many sites like to run "best" lists. You could try googling "best endurance bikes under $1500" if you don't like what's been suggested/offered so far. Or you might get lucky with other used sites. I've found two bikes on Pinkbike, including a sweet Cannondale Synapse Hi-mod Red.

I have to say that Focus Cayo looks really nice. If I didn't have my Synapse I'd snag it.

pcb 09-23-2020 11:45 PM

I don't want to befoul the swimming pool, as it were, but if he's over 6' and doesn't want much bar drop, unless you're talking really sloped top tubes with high stacks, maybe you're better off looking at 59-60cm?

When you're looking at horizontal top tubes, especially, 58cm sounds a little low to me...

MoparPorsche 09-24-2020 08:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pcb (Post 2800332)
I don't want to befoul the swimming pool, as it were, but if he's over 6' and doesn't want much bar drop, unless you're talking really sloped top tubes with high stacks, maybe you're better off looking at 59-60cm?

When you're looking at horizontal top tubes, especially, 58cm sounds a little low to me...

That's actually a very good point!

cabriggs 09-24-2020 10:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pcb (Post 2800332)
I don't want to befoul the swimming pool, as it were, but if he's over 6' and doesn't want much bar drop, unless you're talking really sloped top tubes with high stacks, maybe you're better off looking at 59-60cm?

When you're looking at horizontal top tubes, especially, 58cm sounds a little low to me...

The tricky part with a 59-60 is that the TT length (and reach) and standover go up too. I lucked into two 58's with sloping TT's and high stacks, though somewhat disguised. One's a Diverge with its Future Shock plus 15mm of spacers, the other is a Synapse with the Cdale headlight/spacer, which adds 30mm, plus 15mm regular spacers on top of that. Both also had the stems flipped up when I got them, so lots of stack for me.

geeter 09-24-2020 01:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pcb (Post 2800332)
I don't want to befoul the swimming pool, as it were, but if he's over 6' and doesn't want much bar drop, unless you're talking really sloped top tubes with high stacks, maybe you're better off looking at 59-60cm?

When you're looking at horizontal top tubes, especially, 58cm sounds a little low to me...

I'm with Paul on this one. I am similarly sized and only ride a 58 if it has a decent headtube length. Otherwise, I go for a 60 for the stack height.

itsflantastic 09-24-2020 01:06 PM

Thanks Geeter -
If he doesn't have a lot of reach, would you recommend a 60 but with a shorter tt?

johnniecakes 09-24-2020 02:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnniecakes (Post 2800223)
I could meet you half way to deliver, save on shipping
https://reading.craigslist.org/bik/d...199392550.html

99% sure this is sold.


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