Mountain Biking - New Bike Dilemma
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12-28-06, 11:34 AM
so there are two bikes that i could buy for quite cheap ~$520
one is a used 06 17" rockhopper comp disc with bb5's a fox fork( i think its an RL) and an XT/LX drivetrain and mavic wheels
the other is a stock 06 19" rockhopper with bb5's , a tora, and a deore drivetrain
the problem is im about 6 foot 1 and i feel a little crapmed on the 17", but it has much better components
and i dont know if i feel cramped because the bike is too small or if im used to my overly huge XL hardrock
any thoughts are welcome
12-28-06, 11:36 AM
do you have the funds to buy both, do a switcheroo, and sell the 17" bike?
If not, i would stick with the 19".
12-28-06, 11:40 AM
not enough $$
the problem is im about 6 foot 1 and i feel a little crapmed on the 17", but it has much better components and i dont know if i feel cramped because the bike is too small or if im used to my overly huge XL hardrock
any thoughts are welcome
Bike fit is a deal breaker. I'd continue to look for a similar set-up (as the 17" bike).
12-28-06, 12:24 PM
i'm 6 foot and i ride a 17" stumpy.
i personally like a smaller frame. give it a test ride, see how you get on. it could be a case of trying a different stem/handle bar/seat height set up to get it right though.
check it out on the "my new bike" thread. ;)
12-28-06, 12:38 PM
im not sure that the bike is small or it just feels small because my other bike is so big
and i dont know what a longer stem or a set back seatpost would do for the fit either
im going to go back and see if i can test ride it some more, in the parking lot
Is there any way you can test the bike (or a similar 17" bike) on a trail? That would probably be the best way to know if it fits you well. Which ever one you go with, good luck.
12-28-06, 01:04 PM
no trails within 30 minutes of the store
and as of now the parking lot is covered in 1-2 inches of slush so a test ride is a no-go for the next few days...
12-28-06, 10:24 PM
i know you wont like this but if i dont buy the bike im getting shoes/pedals/wheels for the roadie
i know you dont want to make me do that
12-30-06, 10:10 PM
The 17" is likely way to small for you. The 19 should be a better fit. I am 6'3" and the 19 is way too small and have been riding one for several years now. I never realized how small it was until I got on a bike that was the correct size.
If you can wait, I would look around for other bikes. If not, get the 19" and upgrade parts as you want. Unless you are doing some crazy drops or hard-core XC racing, the set-up on the 19 should suit you fine.
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