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    I need sizing help from Surly 1x1 14" owners, please.

    I can get a great price on a new v-brake only 14" 1x1 but worry it may be too small for me. I have read some older posts and by what people have stated it seems it may actually fit me. I am 5'8" but have very short legs, a long torso, and a 78cm inseam without shoes. My road bike is a 52cm (center to center) with a 54cm top tube and 10cm stem.

    I know fit is very personal issue and can be influenced by many things including tire size but was hoping to get a general idea from other riders if a 14" would be perfect for me or just too small.


    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCfixie
    I can get a great price on a new v-brake only 14" 1x1 but worry it may be too small for me. I have read some older posts and by what people have stated it seems it may actually fit me. I am 5'8" but have very short legs, a long torso, and a 78cm inseam without shoes. My road bike is a 52cm (center to center) with a 54cm top tube and 10cm stem.

    I know fit is very personal issue and can be influenced by many things including tire size but was hoping to get a general idea from other riders if a 14" would be perfect for me or just too small.


    Thanks in advance
    my roomate has a 20" , he's 6'1 . normal inseam. The 18 would've been too small for him.
    I'm 6'3 and have a 22", normal inseam.

    a 14 might be too small i would think..

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    E-mail Surly, they are very helpful.

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    check w/ Surly

    Nick at Surly is very helpful on those questions

    I'm about 5'10 or 11 w/ a 31" inseam and I rode a 16" 1x1 and loved the fit. I had a 120mm stem and a slightly offset raceface post w/ about 310mm exposed.

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    14" is probably too small

    I'm a tad over 5'6" with the same inseam.
    My road bikes are also 52 x 535 with a 100/110 stem.

    For mtb I fit a 17" (22.75-33" effective TT) with a 100-110 stem.

    If your road bike fit is comfortable now, the length from the center of your seatpost to the hoods should be roughly the same distance on your mtb from center of post to center of bars.

    TT + stem + Reach 540+110+90= 740mm
    14" surly ETT-540+110= 650mm (90mm or 3.5 inches shorter)

    Even giving 1" of room for seat angle differences etc you're still way to short.

    You said your torso is proportionaly long so you need the cockpit room.

    A 16" is getting closer but you'll still probably run a 120 stem.

    I think your going to feel really cramped on a 14"

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    i have a surly 1x1 2004 small frame(thats 16"?) ,fits well
    im running 2.4 wtb.it has a kinda high stand over top tube,i think i have 1.5-2.0 inch clearance.

    i have a 52cm cannondale road bike fits well.
    also a small super light that fits well.
    im 5'8" 31 inseam.
    i see your from nyc.if you ever want to check out a trail on the island ,ill show ya
    around bethpage.

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    I think you could go with either a 14" or 16". I'm about the same height with a slightly shorter inseam. I bought a 14" because it was a steal. I think the 16" may have fit me a little better but I run a 120mm stem and I'm perfectly comfortable on it. Even money, I would suggest a 16". If the savings are really worth it to you and you don't mind a smaller frame, go for the 14". Consulting Surly first is not a bad idea.

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