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28-11-2008, 10:12 AM
Hi I ordered a new grand canyon back in August of this year. When ordering you can avail of a program they call the 'perfect positioning system'. You enter your messurements for height, leg, inseam, arm length etc. then they tell you what frame size best suits you.
I finally recieved my grand canyon in the post yesterday. It has taken 3.5 months to get so as you can imagine I was pretty excited and egar to get it together and head out for a spin. However after emptying the box and subsequent smaller boxes I discovered that I have no pedals! There are meant to be Shimano SPD pedals with it. This however is not my biggest worry. The bike (built off my messurements) is a medium frame (18.5") and I'm worried it might be a little to big. When standing on the ground I have about 1-1.5 inches between the cross bar and my whatsits! Is this frame to big for me? I wil be using the bike on the likes of Ballinastoe and other cross country biking.
Am I in trouble here?
Any info welcome
28-11-2008, 10:20 AM
Well what height are you Kenny?
28-11-2008, 10:24 AM
as long as you don't land on the bar you'll be fine!
More seriously though, one of my bikes is kinda the same as that, but the horizontal length of the top tube is a far more important measurement as that is generally what makes the bike too big or too small. As long as it feels ok once you're on it and cycling it should be fine.
I assume you'll still ahve a decent amount of seatpost showing when sitting on the bike?
28-11-2008, 10:33 AM
I wouldn't worry at all about standover height as long as the bike feels right when you are riding it
In 2.5 yrs, I've never landed on the crossbar - it just doesn't happen when you are riding SPDs
fyi...my Canyon hardtail is a large (20") and I'm 5' 11" and it's a perfect size
28-11-2008, 10:43 AM
try a shorter stem the standard is 100mm try a 90mm?
28-11-2008, 10:49 AM
no pedals, afraid that's normal when you're buying a decent bike, unless you ordered them as an extra..
in relation to the frame size, there's a rough guide on the club forum for beginners page, it says
Inseam Frame Size
26″ - 28″ 15″ - 16″
29″ - 31″ 17″ - 18″
32″ - 33″ 19″ - 20″
34″ - 36″ 21″ - 22″
1 inch clearance doesn't sound great, but you would definitely get away with it.
Canyon's stock is so low now, that it would be extremely unlikely you would get another bike from them to replace it.
So unless you send it back and cancel the order and then get a different brand..
But then it wouldn't be a canyon, and wouldn't be deadly :D
many moons ago I ordered a 20" GT, the feckers mustn't have had the 20" and there solution was to put the 20" sticker on the 22" frame and give that to me.
I'm 6' 3, and didn't notice.. not for the first 8 years anyway :)
Point is ,that the clearcance was feck all and it did the job for me.
there's a similar question to yours on the epic site, more food for thought..
28-11-2008, 12:23 PM
Thanks heeps for the replies. These responses are putting my mind at ease a little.
My inseam is 30" when staning barefoot.
Paddy - I do not have pedals on the bike yet but with about 4-5 inches of seat post showing I can reach the ground with my toes. Does this soun adequate?
I know this may all sound a little stupid of me but it's the first time I've ordered a bike over the net and only my first real decent bike. Don't want to be not able to ride it comfortably.
As I said the replies to my post have seriously put my mind at ease! First time spending decent money on a bike and I want to be able to ride it.
Don't worry about reading the ground with your toes (unless you're Fred Flintstone?) slap some pedals on it and get your seatpost length right from a pedalling position.
Only then will you know if the bike is the correct length.
What height are you?
28-11-2008, 01:04 PM
although it sounds liek there'll be plenty of seatpost which suggests the size will be good.
Different manufacturers size their bikes differently for the same overall length .. e.g. my Giant XTC is 18.5 inch while if i was on a specialized i'd probably be on a 17inch frame.
01-12-2008, 09:06 AM
Hey, sorry ofr not replying about my height. My password for this forum is on my work pc and I couldn't remember it to log in at home. (Can I change my password in my profile?)
Any way I'm 5ft 10". The reach to the handle bars seems fine. So here it is,
Height 5ft 10"
My toes are comfortably on the ground with 4-5 inches of seat post showing
When standing on the ground barefoot I have 1- 1.5 inches clearance between the cross bar and my whatsits.
The frame is a medium 18.5".
This should be ok right?
Thanks for all the help
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