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Lynskey Cooper CX size

Started this discussion. Last reply by Darrel Brokeshoulder Nov 10, 2010. 4 Replies

I need help choosing what size to get. I am 5'6". I an not sure if I should get the XS or small. I dont have a road bike to compare it to. Please help

 

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At 8:21pm on November 6, 2010, Jason Asleson said…
My Colnago is a 50cm seat tube (center to center). My inseam is 77.5cm; torso 135 cm; thigh 40.5cm; arm 59 & 61cm; shoulder 42.5cm. If you go to Lightspeed's website or another custom builder you may be able to find where you want to get the measurements from (on your body to compare). These were the measurements I gave Lynskey and they said small. I'm in the same boat you're in right now...I've had some ill fitting bikes in the past and bike shops that don't know how to fit properly...the old "we'll move your seat up and shorten your stem...we don't stock your size BS. So I was inclined to think XS was my size...and honestly it could also work for me. Although, I road a smaller Redline (for about 50 miles of variable terrain)...smaller than the Cooper but not sure the exact spec...and I would choose the Cooper in a heartbeat. It's a little snug on aspects of the standover, but that's not the best indicator of fit. I was a bit worried when I started fitting the Cooper because I went to a 70mm stem, but it worked out perfectly. Going to the smaller frame would have changed head & seat tube angle, trail..wheelbase, toe/wheel overlap which was the issue I had with the smaller Redline. Are you buying direct from Lynskey? If so, give them your measurements. They do custom work so they can tell you which "off the rack" size would be best. I know it's a pain, but they also said if I didn't like it I could send it back for the XS. I never did...and I bought the Ridgeline and took 2nd place in the SS division at Leadville 24hr solo. Their bikes are great. If you talk with Mike or Don, tell them Jason from Utah "sent you". I'm not sponsored or anything...just a huge fan of their service and craftsmanship. They're great guys. I hope that helps. I feel your pain. Fit IS everything. Good luck. Let me know how things go.
At 8:21pm on November 6, 2010, Jason Asleson said…
My Colnago is a 50cm seat tube (center to center). My inseam is 77.5cm; torso 135 cm; thigh 40.5cm; arm 59 & 61cm; shoulder 42.5cm. If you go to Lightspeed's website or another custom builder you may be able to find where you want to get the measurements from (on your body to compare). These were the measurements I gave Lynskey and they said small. I'm in the same boat you're in right now...I've had some ill fitting bikes in the past and bike shops that don't know how to fit properly...the old "we'll move your seat up and shorten your stem...we don't stock your size BS. So I was inclined to think XS was my size...and honestly it could also work for me. Although, I road a smaller Redline (for about 50 miles of variable terrain)...smaller than the Cooper but not sure the exact spec...and I would choose the Cooper in a heartbeat. It's a little snug on aspects of the standover, but that's not the best indicator of fit. I was a bit worried when I started fitting the Cooper because I went to a 70mm stem, but it worked out perfectly. Going to the smaller frame would have changed head & seat tube angle, trail..wheelbase, toe/wheel overlap which was the issue I had with the smaller Redline. Are you buying direct from Lynskey? If so, give them your measurements. They do custom work so they can tell you which "off the rack" size would be best. I know it's a pain, but they also said if I didn't like it I could send it back for the XS. I never did...and I bought the Ridgeline and took 2nd place in the SS division at Leadville 24hr solo. Their bikes are great. If you talk with Mike or Don, tell them Jason from Utah "sent you". I'm not sponsored or anything...just a huge fan of their service and craftsmanship. They're great guys. I hope that helps. I feel your pain. Fit IS everything. Good luck. Let me know how things go.
At 4:11pm on November 6, 2010, Jason Asleson said…
I'm 5'6"(I'm short in "normal" proportions) and I have a small Copper CX with a 70mm stem. It's absolutely perfect. I generally like a shorter cockpit...just so you know my personal preference. Some would say that the short stem makes the handling "twitchy", but I don't feel that way at all. I toyed with the idea of getting the XS, but the guys at Lynskey took my measurements and said I definitely wanted to go with the small. The problem I found with other bikes I road in my "given size" was excessive toe/wheel overlap. I bought a Lynskey Ridgeline single speed this summer in a small. I couldn't be happier. Perfect size. Awesome handling. Great quality and service. My road bike is a Colnago CT-1...so you have another point of reference. Let me know if you have any other questions.
 
 
 

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