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Am I missing something - Boardman Large = 54cm??

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by cjbailey1, 7 Jun 2008.

  1. cjbailey1

    cjbailey1 New Member

    Went into Halfrauds today to look at bikes and have a discussion with my mate there. They haven't yet had any of the Boardman bikes in on the Island and he (and me!) was surprised that the Boardman hybrid bikes list large as being a 54cm frame. This has pushed the bikes out of contention for me as I really need a 60/62cm frame. Does anyone have any experience of these frames, is 54cm actually correct or is there something odd about the frames which means the 54cm is equivalent to a bigger size?
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Hold on - compact frame (sloping top tube) vs conventional horizontal top tube - there is a big difference in size - you get a longer seat post to compensate.....

    Try them out first........
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    All i know, of what ive seen, of these bikes, is that they are of pretty good spec. and even id think about 1 of them ! In fact the trouble I had with the Raliegh i ended up with, it may have been better !!!!
  4. cjbailey1

    cjbailey1 New Member

    That's the answer then. Unfortunately I can't try them, they don't have them in stock down here and can only get them in pre-ordered. It's a bit difficult being on the Isle of Wight 'cus I can't exactly nip anywhere else either!
  5. longers

    longers Veteran

    Can't you just hop on the ferry? ;)
  6. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Just had a look at the boardmanbike website and their sizing. the XL is listed as having a 58.5 toptube which is a fairly big bike which 'could' be right for you. But if i were you, i would be quite cautious about buying a bike you can't try...

    As for sizing in General, i ride several bikes that are listed very differently, got a 62cm which is just right, a Large which is just right and i used to ride a 56cm which was too small. BUT they are all using different measurements as their baseline.
    I need something with a 57ish toptube and this is the only measurement that is important. Find this out and you'll know what size you need.
  7. cjbailey1

    cjbailey1 New Member

    To get anywhere where I could try the bikes I'd need to take the car, day return is about £50 atm which would seriously eat into my budget lol.
  8. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    O' slO'
  9. cjbailey1

    cjbailey1 New Member

  10. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    2nd'd Steve !