My girlfriend has been riding this REALLY small Daimondback mountain bike (the seat tube is only 13" long), which has been causing her alot of discomfort recently. I told her that we ought to just look for a larger frame. So I set her up on eBay, and she finds this 53cm Bianchi frame that she wants to buy. Her standover is somewhere between 29 and 30 inches. With 700c wheels, would this put the total standover to an unmanagable heighth?
I was looking at www.bikeman.com, and they have an article about setting up standard road frames with long reach calipers to use 650c wheels. Would going this route (smaller wheels) have any effect on the standover of the bike? If we can make it work, we're willing to spend the time and the money, but if it isn't feasbile, then my attitude is buy a cheap frame that is bigger and have it painted celeste green.