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So, plug in your fit coordinates and see what the cockpit configuration on a 56 would have to be.
cm difference would make all the difference. So I think you need to understand your specific fit coordinates not just 58 â€śusuallyâ€ť works. Make sense?
Yes. Somewhat in stack but more so in the reach department. I'm a devoted used bike buyer myself but would never consider going down in size. Forcing the fit will mean long-ass extensions, a long-ass stem, shoving your seat back, or some combo thereof. Best just to be patient and keep looking.
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There isn't a 58cm to be had any longer it appears but I have come across some 56's.
Do you think 2cm is going to make that big of a difference?
A 58da and 56 ia have stack within 1mm. But the ia is just over 2cm less reach. The felt ia front end will accommodate this with ease.
A 58ia will match the reach of the 58da, but have 2cm more stack. So if you like a very low front end, and have bottomed out your da, you will be stuck. You can always bottom mount your aero bars, but that can run into clearance issues when turning. In short, If you have the horizontal stem on the da, and slammed aerobars, the 58ia will be too high.
Itâ€™s probably the single most important thing you can do.
The original stem on the DA was way too high so I did end up getting a horizontal stem but it still felt too high even with the aerobars mounted right on the base bars with no risers.
I think I may opt for getting the 56cm.
#2 Going up a size is really bad. A bike that is too big just is not going to work.
#3 Going down a size is easily accomplished, and I have met many experienced riders find a size down works better.
I am 5' 9" in my bare feet. I rode a 54cm for years. Then I sized down to a 52 and ended up liking the fit much better- I could position myself more aggressively and us a longer stem. I find the handling tends to be better. I no longer care much about the listed size, but look for a 53cm c-t-c effective top tube. That is the only measurement I really look for.
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I could fit on a 51 or 54. I ended up with a 54 IA10.
I would consider getting a pre purchase fitting to figure out what size would work for you.