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Old 06-20-05, 11:24 AM   #1
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Looking to buy a hard-tail frame off e-bay. Currently I ride a hybrid, 19" "compact geometry" frame with a ton of seatpost showing. As many of you may or may not know, I wanna buy a frame and do a build-up. Type of riding: 85% road; 15% hard-packed trails. No fancy stuff, i.e. jumping, REAL off-roading, single track (whatever that is ), etc.

Oh, by the way, my inseam measures a tad over 31". I have rather long legs for my size.

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Old 06-20-05, 11:30 AM   #2
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If you don't know, don't buy off of ebay. Go visit your LBS first and find out for sure.

I'm 6'0" with about your same inseam (short legs/long torsoe), and I ride an 18" frame on one of my bikes, and a 17" from on another. However, I use to race BMX, so I prefer a slightly smaller bike.
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Old 06-20-05, 11:31 AM   #3
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Looking to buy a hard-tail frame off e-bay. Currently I ride a hybrid, 19" "compact geometry" frame with a ton of seatpost showing. As many of you may or may not know, I wanna buy a frame and do a build-up. Type of riding: 85% road; 15% hard-packed trails. No fancy stuff, i.e. jumping, REAL off-roading, single track (whatever that is ), etc.

Oh, by the way, my inseam measures a tad over 31". I have rather long legs for my size.

Thanks.

Jim
Jim, you might want to check out these older Ti (Russian made) frames that Montrose Bike has; they're relatively cheap, nicely built, and have a 1-1/8" head tube. I like mine so much, I bought two from 'em... BTW- I'm also 5'8", with a 1/2" shorter inseam, and these frames are 17-1/4" ctt of top tube, and 18-1/4" to top of seat tube... I have about 2" of stand-over.
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Old 06-20-05, 02:55 PM   #4
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I would go for an 18" frame, but then again it depends on whats comfortable for you!

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Old 06-20-05, 06:22 PM   #5
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I have found out personally, that a frame a little on the smaller side is MUCH better than a frame that's too big for you.... Trust me.

I'd opt for either a 17 or 18, but NO larger.... Period.

BTW: I'm 5'9" also.
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Old 06-20-05, 06:29 PM   #6
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i would go 18". I am 6' and have a 19inch i am happy with now
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damn. I'm 5'9" with a 30" inseam. My bike is MUCH smaller at 16.5" I should say that this bike is real whippy and I love throwing it around the trails. I gotta agree with Killer B...go smaller!
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