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    New bike, Bianchi Aria

    Before two days I was go in one bike shop to try Bianchi Aria.
    My hight is 178 cm with inseam 83 cm.

    Here you can see geometry of Aria:

    https://bit.ly/2KvcQ8i

    I was little streched on that but seller in store told me that I need only shorter stem because stock stem on Aria at 55" is 110 mm.
    Now I'm thinking that maybe I need 53" but I was never use and aero road bike and I don't have any other store in my country with Bianchi and I can ask anyone for advice (no, I don't have any fitter around me ).
    If I choose 53", that one have 170 mm crank (I'm using 172,5 mm) and 400 mm handlebar (I'm using 420 mm center to center).

    Did yomeone of you try or ride Aria, Oltre or Specialissima with similar measurement like mine and to give me advice about size?

    Thanks!

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    Iím 175 cm (5 Ft 9 in) with 76 cm (30 in) inseam. My brotherís Bianchi Intenso was a size 53 cm and it felt good with a 100 mm stem.My arms didnít feel stretched out and my elbows had a bend while on the hoods.

    My bike has a 54.5 cm horizontal top tube, which feels stretched out with a 100 mm stem.
    I replaced it with an 80mm stem to get the same reach as a Bianchi size 53 cm.

    Riding long distance where the hoods place your hands too far forward means you end up riding on the tops most of the time and not using different hand positions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ra21benj View Post
    Iím 175 cm (5 Ft 9 in) with 76 cm (30 in) inseam. My brotherís Bianchi Intenso was a size 53 cm and it felt good with a 100 mm stem.My arms didnít feel stretched out and my elbows had a bend while on the hoods.

    My bike has a 54.5 cm horizontal top tube, which feels stretched out with a 100 mm stem.
    I replaced it with an 80mm stem to get the same reach as a Bianchi size 53 cm.

    Riding long distance where the hoods place your hands too far forward means you end up riding on the tops most of the time and not using different hand positions.
    Maybe then I need 55"? I can choose between 53" and 55" and main reason why I'm buying Aria because I like that flat, aero position.
    On my old Allez I was more upright, endurance style and angle between my hands and body was around 90į when I was on hoods. I never was used to that upright position and on longer, 100 km rides I was around 90% of time on drops.
    On Aria in size 55", that angle between hands and body is more than 90į. Is that ok for bike with aero geometry?
    And that's with stock 110mm stem.

    Thanks!

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    Itís tough being between sizes because it can go either way, it just depends if you want a shorter or taller head tube.

    Below is a pro rider Primoz Roglicís Bianchi Oltre XR4 size 53 cm with 110 mm stem.
    Primozís height is 177 cm:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BFUjx4...7&index=6&t=0s

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    Quote Originally Posted by ra21benj View Post
    Itís tough being between sizes because it can go either way, it just depends if you want a shorter or taller head tube.

    Below is a pro rider Primoz Roglicís Bianchi Oltre XR4 size 53 cm with 110 mm stem.
    Primozís height is 177 cm:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BFUjx4...7&index=6&t=0s
    Yes, it's hard. You know what's strange with last year (or I think is last year) Primoz Bianchi?
    He is 177 cm, and saddle is at 71 cm? Maybe he have short legs because I'm around 178 cm and my saddle is at 74,4 cm. That's 3 cm more.
    Another intersting thing on Primoz bike is crank. On last 53" Oltre he was riding 170 mm crank and today on new Oltre he is riding 172,5 mm.
    I never try that 170 mm crank and 170 mm is stock at Aria 53".
    I really don't know what to do. Really. From saller point, he is keeping booth sizes for me eg 53 and 55. They don't want just to sell something because they have all sizes.

    Where is all Bianchi riders now?
    Maybe they are outside and riding.

    Really hard one and I'm greateful for all advices and help. I'm going tomorrow on two and half hour ride with car to that shop and to buy one of that two sizes and still don't know what's best chioice. Hard one

    My main concern is top tube size, I don't want to be overstreched. Now is 110mm stem and maybe and I'm prepared to pay extra money in store for shorter stem like 100 mm. I think that 1 cm in lenght of stem is big step in reach?
    Last edited by Code001; 06-10-2019 at 01:37 AM.

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    If you have enough of stack (no need for many spacers) on smaller go for smaller.
    If you will have more than 3-4 cm of spacers go for bigger. If you go for bigger be sure you can push saddle enough to the front because it will be longer.

    From what I see...in my size Aria's geometry is a bit more aggressive (lower STR ratio) than Oltre's so be careful that it's not too aggresive for you.

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