Making sure that you pick the right size frame is one of the most crucial details when picking out a bike. It can be the difference between a comfortable, enjoyable bike that you ride daily and a bike that you barely want to swing a leg over.
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Due to the nature of buying a bike on the internet, it can be difficult to know if you are buying the right size. There are, however, some basic measurements that can provide a good indication of whether a bike will fit you or not.
While there are quite a few calculations that can be done with different body measurements, the most basic measurement to look at is rider height. You will find a sizing chart on each one of our listings to give you a ballpark estimation of what size you should be looking for. This is a rough estimate only, as individual manufacturers and models can fit differently.
The second measurement to take a look at isn’t on your body but on your current or previous bike. If your current or previous bike fits you well, you can simply compare the measurements of your current bike with the measurements of the bike you are interested in. The most important measurements to take a look at are: Effective Top-Tube length and Seat Tube length. If these numbers differ by more than 20 millimeters, it most likely is not the right frame for you.
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