Cant find top tube dimensions for this bike at all

Ezy Rider
Ezy Rider Posts: 415
edited September 2011 in Road beginners
I was in decathlon today and i rode a 53cm btwin facet 5 bike and it was lovely . Because of sloping top tube ,neither myself nor assistant could agree on a top tube length, we went online and couldnt find it there either :shock:

I thought it would easy to find , but still havent done so. Any of you guys got any suggestions where i should look online for it ? Ive searched btwin site, reviews,bikeradar etc etc and the one dimension missing is top tube length.

Comments

  • MichaelW
    MichaelW Posts: 2,164
    Personally, I use a tape measure.
  • Spirit Level + Tape Measure
  • MichaelW wrote:
    Personally, I use a tape measure.


    thats what we did, i thought it was 535mm and assistant thought it was 540mm

    why is nothing ever simple :cry:
  • PS. If you don't have a spirit level you might as well get one. Always handy for shelving, mirrors and the like. Make sure you understand the difference between 'virtual' and 'actual' top tube length before you do the measurement.
  • #lol i hate decorating, but i just want to find official top tube length for that bike , cannot believe nowhere publishes it
  • flasher
    flasher Posts: 1,734
    Geez fella, you're making this so painful, if "it was lovely" what's the problem it could be called a 62 but if it fits what difference does it make!
  • PS. If you don't have a spirit level you might as well get one. Always handy for shelving, mirrors and the like. Make sure you understand the difference between 'virtual' and 'actual' top tube length before you do the measurement.

    http://www.btwincycle.com/EN/btwin-facet-5-153257026/

    Top tube looks horizontal or very close to horizontal to me so probably no need for a spirit level.

    I wouldn't get too hung up over +/- 5mm. What's more important is to try a few different sizes until you're confident that you have the right size. For that kind of money don't be too embarassed to go back several times over a period of a few weeks until you're 101% certain you're making the right choice.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,881
    Flasher wrote:
    Geez fella, you're making this so painful, if "it was lovely" what's the problem it could be called a 62 but if it fits what difference does it make!

    this

    every

    time

    if it fits, it's right, don't put a tape measure between yourself and life
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • merak
    merak Posts: 323
    Ezy Rider wrote:
    MichaelW wrote:
    Personally, I use a tape measure.


    thats what we did, i thought it was 535mm and assistant thought it was 540mm

    why is nothing ever simple :cry:
    Why are you fretting about 5mm in the TT length? - that is insignificant. You are making this ridiculously difficult for yourself.

    Plus what about the fact that you hate 25mm or more saddle to stem drop and that bike doesn't look as if it'll do that easily without an enormous stack of spacers?
  • A nice little piece on top-tube length for your consumption:

    http://www.rivbike.com/assets/payloads/270/original_Excerpt_Top_Tube_Ruse_Layout_1.pdf