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I am completely new to cycling, and was going to enter my first Sprint triathlon this Summer. Next year I may do a 100 mile ride with friends, so I am buying a pure road bike over the tri/aero style bike.

My LBS can get me a great deal on the FUJI SL 2.3, a bike I had researched and felt fit my checklist. I tested a 52 and 54 in the Fuji Sportif. They both kinda felt the same to me. I was leaning slightly more forward with the 54 and it actually felt better. My dealer, who I trust, said I look more comfortable on the 54 as well. I am concerned the SL may fit differently and the 52 is the right size on paper.

I am about 5.6 1/2 with a shorter torso and longer legs. When I straddled the 54, there wasn't much clearance from the sloping top tube near the handlebars, but I don't plan on sitting up there. I liked the clearance better on the 52, but the ride better on the 54. Again, really not much difference at all.

So which is the better way to go, 52 vs. 54?
 

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[FONT="]but the ride better on the 54. Again, really not much difference at all. So which is the better way to go, 52 vs. 54?


Beyond the advice to work with a shop that has a good fitter, it sounds like you've answered the question already. If you like the ride better why would you choose the other bike?
 
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