Sergio Higuita’s 2022 bike size


This page is about Sergio Higuita’s 2022 bike size.
The Colombian pro cyclist joined Bora – hansgrohe team in 2022 after three years with EF – Education First team.

It means he transitioned from riding a Cannondale SuperEvo Six equipped with Prologo saddle and Speedplay pedals to the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 fitted with Specialized Romin saddle and Shimano pedals.

Short Rider, Big Talent

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Let’s dive into the bike size of Higuita.
At 1m66 and 57kg, Sergio Higuita is a lightweight climber rider.
Despite being categorized as a “pocket sized rider” among the public, he is not the shortest rider in the 2022 professional peloton.
Miguel Angel Lopez, Esteban Chavez, Domenico Pozzovivo, and Caleb Ewan are shorter riders than Sergo Higuita.

sketch of Sergio Higuita's 2022 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 Bike size 49cm
Sergio Higuita’s 2022 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 Bike size 49cm

Sergio Higuita is riding a Specialized S-works Tarmac SL7 2022 of size 49cm.
On its website, Specialized recommends the Tarmac SL7 Size 49cm to riders of 1m55 to 1m63 tall.

Size matters

It is normal to see professional cyclists riding one to two sizes smaller than recommended size by the manufacturer.
Although, it is not so much the case with teams riding Specialized bikes.

Most of the pros are on the recommended size except when their height is on the wall between two sizes. They select the smaller frame.
Like it is the case with Sergio Higuita.

Fitting Fine Tuning

Higuita’s Specialized Romin Pro Evo saddle is positioned at 664mm measured from the center of the bottom bracket spindle to the top of the saddle. The seat post has a 0mm setback.
The front of the saddle is 508mm from the center of the handlebar.
It is where the position differs from his previous bike.
Retul‘s fitter has recommended a shorter distance between the saddle and the top of the handlebar for the short rider.
The Specialized stem is 110mm long, and the Roval Rapide handlebar is 400mm wide.

The Tarmac SL7 size 49cm has a shorter headtube than the Cannondale SuperSix EVO (102mm Vs 113mm) which translates to a more aero position when hands are in the drops. (see Sergio Higuita’s 2020 Bike Size)
The difference in height between the top of Higuita’s saddle and the top of his handlebars is 65mm on his Specialized compared to 40mm on his previous Cannondale racing bike.
Sergio Higuita is still a young rider, and body flexibility is not an issue yet all the position adjustments are optimization results from Retul analyses.

Like many pure lightweight climbers, Sergio Higuita spends a lot of time standing on the pedals when climbing.

Sergio Higuita rides with 170mm crank arm’s length, Shimano Dura-Ace SPD-SL pedals, and Specialized S-Works Ares cycling shoes fitted with Shimano Blue color SPD-SL cleats (SM-SH12) which have 2 degrees floating angle.
He wears a Specialized S-Works Prevail helmet, 100% sunglasses, Le Col jersey, bib-shorts, and gloves.

Sergio Higuita’s Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7 cost approximately US$ 16,000 in 2022.

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Sketch of Sergio Higuita's 2022 bike size