Hi, My bike arrived last week and I thought I’d post which one I chose in case of anyone else in my situation. I chose the size small frame. I have put about 50 miles on it so far and am very happy. I think the medium would have been too much of a stretch and the stand over height may have been a little high. I have not experienced any back pain when riding and the bike feels like a great fit!
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I am considering purchasing the Cannondale Athena 2 bike. I am 5’ 6” female and fall right in the middle of the sizing guidelines. I am not sure if I should order a small or medium frame. Can I get some thoughts? I have an old Diamondback Sorrento that has been comfortable, but I don’t know what size it is and how it would compare to the Athena 2 on size and geometry. I’m definitely a novice and kind of overwhelmed by all of the details in the specs.
I will be riding neighborhood roads and easy mountain trails/paths. My arms and legs are pretty even, I measured my ape index and am equal in wingspan/height.
I do have severe scoliosis and am prone to back pain, so hoping to find a good comfortable fit. I chose the Athena 2 because of its lighter weight and front suspension/disc brakes. I like the idea of something sized for women and want some versatility so I can ride with my kids. I’m also open to other suggestions if there is a better option for me.
Thanks for your input!
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