Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Wexford, PA (Pittsburgh)
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At 6 foot I would think 17 would be too small (suspect 20 would be better) but the LBS should tell you. I say should tell you because I'm 6 foot and two LBS's told me 20 and one told me 17.5, but the the one that told me 17.5 had a 17.5 and didn't have a 20. I've pretty much decided on a 7.3FX but nobody has a 2011 20 and the 2012s are supposed to come in this week. Like you I'm looking at paved roads and packed limestone rails to trails paths and decided the 7.xFX would be a good choice. A new 7.2FX would be well within your budget with something left over. You say 99% roads and packed, whats the other 1%? From my research I don't think the 7.x's would be much good off road.