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52 cm/54cm LHT owners: How tall are you? How is it working out?

Old 07-06-16, 01:24 PM
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I am aware that this is an old thread, but since I'm in the process of trying to figure it out due to the lack of nearby bike shops, I posted a question and got an excellent answer. Thank you!

Will definitely go with the 54, I guess it should be plenty of top tube and standover.
I've never considered the 700c, 26 inch is what it will be.
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I have a LHT and researched the internet long and hard before buying (I bought a new one)

many people say that you should buy a LHT one size smaller than what you normally ride. Reason being is that the geometry of a LHT is different, and that it's easier to handle when fully loaded

I followed the advice and can say that I am well pleased. Mine is so comfy, rides like a cadillac and I'm comfortable for very long all day rides .... I have a Gilles Berthoud Aravis saddle which helps aswell

and BTW, mine is a 50cm (I'm short... 5 foot 7) and it has 26 inch wheels and it's not slow ... I still have the standard tyres fitted

there is a google group for LHT bikes and many members let you ride their bikes so as to decide what fits best : https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/surlylht
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5' 10" (178cm), PBH 81 or so...193#

This is a 26" 54cm LHT, most would say it is too small. I added the spacers (60cm) over time which gave me an upright position. They say standover is unimportant, it is for me, I tour & commute and stop often. This setup allows me to be flatfooted on unlevel ground with 1-2" of room. Tops of bar 1.5"-2" above saddle. Thomson setback seatpost.

In the last picture my hands are on the hoods. I like to be upright as you can tell. I still have weight on my hands and do get some numbness but not very often. I am thicker on top.

If I went to flat bars I would go 56cm.

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I'm 174cm tall and ride a 52cm LHT fitted at the shop. Don't remember my PBH, maybe 82.
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I bought a LHDT this spring, and got it size of the road bike I've ridden for 20k miles over the past 10 years or-so, which is a 54cm Specialized Allez. I had had a professional fitting done before I bought the Allez.

I was able to transfer the fit measurements from the 54cm Allez to the 54cm Surly. I felt was essential as a starting point to get the Surly set up for all the hours I will spend on it. I'm glad I did. I want to adjust a bike to fit my body. I do not want to adjust my body to fit a bike.

Others take a different view, I know. But this was my approach and I'm very satisfied.
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Originally Posted by courtesi View Post
I am in the process of figuring out what size frame I need some input on frame sizing. I am 5'11 and typically ride a 55cm frame. I am thinking about a 54cm frame but have read on here that they size rather large.

So I'd like to find out how tall you 52cm/54cm Long Haul Truckers are.
Are you using drop bars? Most LHT owners do, but a minority don't.

Originally Posted by SlowRoller View Post
In sizing the LHT, I wouldn't worry so much about seat-tube length as top tube length. I hear the LHT has a long reach. Typically, this has a narrower range of adjustability than the height of your saddle. So, find a frame size where you feel good in your reach, then you ought to be able to make the necessary adjustments in saddle height. Good luck!
Agree 100 percent. When I had a LHT, I probably should have had a 60cm if you judge by height, but I got a 58cm frame. Yet I still had a stem of only 80mm, if I had gotten a 60cm frame I would have had trouble finding a stem that would be short enough to fit right.

I am assuming the OP will use drop bars, if flat bars are used the top tube length for a LHT is even more critical.
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I am 5'6" and I generally ride a 52; but I was looking at LHT and the only thing there was for me to test ride was a 54. I didn't feel bad; but due to the conditions it was a very short test ride. The trouble I run into is there there are just not the smaller frames in the shops to test ride.

Yes, I was reading through this thread hoping to see some reports from other riders of my height.
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I see i didn't actually answer the OP's question back in post 30.

I'm 5' 10' with a 31-ish" inseam. My 54cm LHDT fits me as perfectly as my 54cm road bike. For me, getting a different size would have been a mistake.
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