I have an acquaintance who is about 160Cm tall.
she is looking for a road bike.
while there are some bikes with 700c wheels with very small frames.
The sloping top bar can lead to discomfort if you stop awkwardly (so my wife found out)
Do people think as she is so small she may be better with a bike with 650c wheels?
Will the smaller bike probably fit better?
What is the definition of small / short people? I am taller than 160cm but being a female, am shorter than many (male) cyclists. Could use a more polite word like petite.
petite doesn't describe what I wish to describe.
a 150 cm tall obese person is not petite.
As a petite bloke I agree with you Heather.
I'm only 163cms tall and ride a 47cm Orbea. Technically I was told to get a 49 or 50cm bike but the 47 was available and feels good. I'm sure your friend will find some great deals on small and XS sized bikes.
I reckon she should hit up a number of stores around town, get measured and try sitting on a few of the S and XS sized frames to see how she feels on them. I wouls suspect that as long as she can stand over the top tube without crushing her bits, there should be no need to go down to a 650c wheel as far as I can tell (waving the novice flag quite obviously here though, don't take my word as gospel, I'm just saying what my experience is as a fairly short woman)
This is my point if shew was to step forward there is no stand over room near the head stem.
sloping ground can be challenging too.
Seems like a fairly (H)armless comment to me, It shouldn't offend too many people.
I'm only 163cm tall - although I doubt anyone would call me petite ;o) I bought a WS Trek Lexa SLR in an XS frame (not sure exactly what size) 12 mths ago. I have now 'upgraded' to my husband's hand me down Azzuri so I am looking to sell the Trek. It is in excellent condition, and has Shimano 105 running gear. If you think your friend might be interested I'd be more than happy for her to take it for a test ride to see how comfortable it is for her... message me if you are interested.
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Leg length to body length can vary quite considerably amongsy riders of a similar height so I think this is a case of finding the right bike frame and possibly the crank length too. It's a bit hard to generalise.
You are better of with a XS frame and crank the post,saddle and bars to suit, many pro riders ride small frames and their mechanic makes adjustments. Its much easier to do that than make a large frame fit.
I do believe the 650 is more aimed at kids bikes but be happy to be corrected there, I once bought a Orca from a lady that was totally incorrectly described and she just told me lies. I sold that to a lady of your height(160cm) and I have seen her ride it and loves it. So there goes my kids theory I guess.
It perhaps be wise to visit some shops and see what a pro fitter suggests and take a couple of bikes for a ride, see how flexible that person is and how comfy she gets and what sort of riding and so on. Budget plays a part too, and striking up a relationship with a LBS.
My partner is 152cm and started with an XS Azzurri Milano 700c. She has shorter legs and the Milano has a very sloping top tube . It fit very well. A friend (160 cm) bought a Cervelo R3 with SRAM Red, 650c great bike and fits well to but wheels/ tubes are limited in availablility and price.Personally I'd stick with 700c