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I'm also 5'9" and I've been looking at this same frame too. I want one for gravel roads and even though they have nearly a road bike BB height, I'm a little concerned about standover height which of course is not given. I'm most comfortable with a 55 TT so I fall just between their size 53 and 55. I prefer the longer head tube of the 55 but I have a hunch it's a mite too large because of the TT length. Did I confuse you?
 

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I'm also 5'9" and I've been looking at this same frame too. I want one for gravel roads and even though they have nearly a road bike BB height, I'm a little concerned about standover height which of course is not given. I'm most comfortable with a 55 TT so I fall just between their size 53 and 55. I prefer the longer head tube of the 55 but I have a hunch it's a mite too large because of the TT length. Did I confuse you?
No, not confused. Mine will be for road only, so the BB height doesn't worry me. I built a 26" MTB 1x9 from a Chinese frame. It's BB was pretty low. I just had to be careful and it wasn't a problem. I'm not to concerned about standover. But, I'm actually 1/4 short of 5'9", so yeah, maybe a little confused now. Maybe the 53 would be a better choice.
 

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My Santa Cruz Nickel has a 584mm top tube and it fits me perfectly, with a 90mm stem. I'll have a 100mm stem for this bike. So, yeah, I'm not sure what to do. I do like the aesthetics of smaller frames. But, I know that's not a good reason to get a smaller frame. I guess I could use like a 25mm setback post on it. But, frames that are to small are uncomfortable.
 

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Another point to consider is your saddle to bar drop. If your position is upright, then the smaller size with the shorter headtube will require more spacers and/or higher sloping stem. Both could make it look goofy. If you have plenty of drop, then it'll look OK.
 

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Another point to consider is your saddle to bar drop. If your position is upright, then the smaller size with the shorter headtube will require more spacers and/or higher sloping stem. Both could make it look goofy. If you have plenty of drop, then it'll look OK.
I don't mind having a more bent over position. I generally run a 5mm spacer under my stems. I'm thinking 53 and a setback post if I need it. This chart says I'm at the upper limit of 53. I'm about 175cm tall and size 55 starts at 178cm.
 
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