I didn't think I'd like it this much.
Hi, I'm new to cycling. Had an epiphany and started cycling to get healthier. I thought it would be best for my knees. I honestly didn't think I would like it so much.
I was given an older Cannondale Super V1000 (FS) in great shape and I love it. But its a medium (8.25") and I'm pretty cramped. I've done everything I know of to make it fit, raised the handlebars, move the saddle back as far as possible. It feels like I'm peddling back a little when I ride. Actually pulls me forward on the saddle. I'm 6'.
I like the Mt Bike aspects eventhough I ride mostly on streets (rough streets) and hard packed dirt trails/beach paths. I put some street/path combo tires on it. It seems to suit my back really well except the cramped feel.
I recently came across a Specialized S-Works M5 Hard Tail (V brakes) for a good price. Problem is, it's a 21". (XL). From what I can tell by the specs, the wheel base about 23mm longer than a Large which is about 12mm longer than a medium. (Whew so much to learn) Of course I'll ride it first but I'm hoping it won't be too long of a wheel base.
If anyone has some advice for a noobie about the Cannondale or Specialized S-Works M5, I'd sure welcome it.