Are you sure? I'm 5'9" and have a true measured inseam of 32"Relatively short legs and longish arms.
thoughts on sizing?
Some great insight here, thanks so much!
Well I went for a nice 5 mile ride on the Roubaix in 58 (udi2) last night. Shop owner went with me and per him the fit is right on. He commented that my shoulders looked relaxed. I asked about the 56 which they do have in stock in a lower end model (sport) but he was absolutely certain that would be a less ideal fit.
Beyond the ridiculous shock absorption (my guess is the seat post does most of it) I had a few thoughts vs my current Trek 1.1;
-Felt a touch shorter in reach. I was on hoods the entire time and did not feel stretched at all. moving to the bar served no purpose.
-Less weight on my hands
-legs were fine
-less sharp in turning
Didn't make a decision last night. No flex in price (currently on sale for $2500) and best he could do on a sport was $1980 for the 2017 model.
I measured crank center to seat top along the seat tube and seat clamp to center of bars on the Roubaix. When I got home I compared the two and found something interesting. Seat clamp to center of bars was identical but center of crank to seat top was almost 3" longer on the Roubaix. Oddly I did not feel my legs to be overextended at all on the Roubaix and expected to find the same measurement.
So this morning I did a ride on my Trek after bumping the seat about 3/4". Immediately I realized the major difference in fit was a lot more weight on my hands with the Trek as well as slight pain inside the elbows. i'm fairly confident that sliding the seat forward a touch would reduce, but not eliminate, the inner elbow stress. I've felt it before but to a lesser extent. I think the 3/4" raise increased the sensation.
On the Trek I ride typically at the curve of the bars and from time to time will slip forward to the hoods. I'd say maybe 60/40 bars vs hoods. i'll do drops on a descent but we really don't have hills so that is very, very rare and short in duration.
The Roubaix was all hoods all the time, bars felt less comfortable than hoods.
Lastly we also talked about the Tarmac and LBS guy said not a chance. I think he's considering at my weight (currently 265) i'm not going to be able to get that low and i'm rather sure he's correct about that.
Seat height on my Trek is a hair below the bars.
I have never had any back or shoulder pain on the Trek. Longest rides have been 30 miles. I very much want to do metrics and eventually full centuries several times a year.
I would appreciate your input on this. I am recognizing that this is not as easy as it first appears.
Current thinking is go Roubaix until I can get weight down to 220 or better and then revisit racier bikes.