Bike too small or too big?
February 3, 2007 9:22 PM Subscribe
Bikefilter: wondering if a Kona Jake cyclocross bike is too small...or too big.
My bike was stolen, and I'm thinking seriously about buying a Kona Jake cyclocross bike as a replacement. I like the 56, but the salesguy thinks the 54 is a better fit. Which should I buy?
posted by KokuRyu to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (17 answers total)
The 54 *looks* like it's too small, but it rides nice enough. Problem is, my toes can touch the tires when turning.
The salesguy says "Oh, that'll never happen. Besides I have the same thing with my bike." An internet search shows that this is a common problem with this bike.
The Jake is a great buy for the price, and I don't think I want to go back to mountain bikes (I've had a Trek, four Konas and a Brodie since 1990). I like this bike.
I can't quite figure out why the salesguy thinks the bigger 56 is so bad. My elbows bend when my hands are placed on the top bars. It's a bit of a reach to move down below.
My cyclist friend says it's because bikies always think "smaller is better". The salesguy is being more neurotic than helpful.
Which one should I buy?