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2008-06-24 8:32 AM
Subject: Bike purchase advice needed -- cross post
I'm looking at getting my first tri bike and am looking at a couple options -- but am confused as to which to get and which size to get and could really use some advice. I cross posted this because there's more traffic over here.
Here are the bikes I'm thinking of:
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/nemesis06_SPECIALpre.htm (Motobecane Nemesis 2008) -- This one can get shipping directly to me, would probably have to pay a lbs $50 to put it together all the way (90% assembled)
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile.cfm?SKU=5821&subcategory_ID=3040 (2008 Scattante T-560) -- This one I would have to drive 3 hrs to Phoenix to pick it up in a store, but then they'd do the fitting (I hear).
There's also the options of a Javelin Varese, but the biggest they have is a 51.
Also, they have a Javelin Narni size 51 on ebay, but it's selling for $100 than Javelin had it for: http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Javelin-Narni-Triathlon-Tri-TT-Bike-48cm-51... />
I went to one LBS where he just had me stand on the bikes to check clearance and he told me I should be a 55 or 77.
Went to another LBS and he had me sit on a road bike and checked my hip/leg angle and told me I should be a 54.
I have also heard that with my top tube range I should be more like a 51....
Am hoping to stop at a LBS but not sure if I will be able to. Thanks for any advice!
Here are my measurements from competitivecyclist.com... I am 5'9" and have a 33 inseam.
Edited by esnackpack 2008-06-24 8:33 AM
2008-06-24 9:06 AM
in reply to: #1485760
Miller Place, Long Island
Subject: RE: Bike purchase advice needed -- cross post