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Old 09-14-05, 01:11 AM   #1
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In Between Sizes - Question on Size vs Performance

I feel newb asking this, but here goes:

Looking at a 2006 Kona Dawg Deelux or Primo and I'm smack dab in between the 15 and 17 inch as far as sizing (from riding at least, I'm 5'6" 160lb). Did mainly XC in past, but like to get more into trail/all mountain. Seems like the smaller frame would allow me to muscle it around or adjust it more, but not sure it that's a good way to get into trouble. Is a slightly larger frame a more stable trail bike/small jumper even if I'm a little stretched out (just seems like I would have harder time pulling up, etc.)?
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Old 09-14-05, 06:14 AM   #2
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I had exactly the sam dilema at the start of the year. Kona Explosif frame, with a choice of 16" or 18". I ordered the 16" initially and it looked small. So samll in fact it measured out only slightly larger than my fiancee's 14.5" Orange. The 18" as it turns out was slighty smaller than my 17.5" Gary Fisher, so I got this. These size differences it turns out was because the seat tube extends above the join with the top tube and the measurement taken is for the whole length of the tube, not that that's relevant here.
What you really need to do is try them out and see what feels most comfortable. Also think about what style of riding you are going to do. The smaller frame will be much nicer to ride on twisty technical stuff, but if its too small you might find it uncomfortable on long rides. If it turns out you really are bang in between the two sizes don't be afraid to start checking out other bikes. Chances are there'll be one out there thats perfect for you.
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Old 09-14-05, 07:16 AM   #3
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I'm pretty sure the 17" will be too big for you. At 6'1ish I ride an 18" Dawg... its a bit bigger of a bike b/c of the BB height and the long travel suspension. I can ride a 19", but it lacks in standover clearance. You will have more control and stability with the smaller frame in the long run, though it takes a little getting used to.
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Old 09-14-05, 01:24 PM   #4
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hey, i recommend getting the small frame. It maybe worse for pedaling but you will love it for downhilling. it will also be easier to bail from a smaller frame
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If in doubt, go with the smaller frame. You can always add more length with your seatpost height and saddle position, as well as handlebar bends and stem lengths.

A too-big frame is a lot harder to make "smaller".

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If in doubt, go with the smaller frame. You can always add more length with your seatpost height and saddle position, as well as handlbar bends and stem lengths.

A too-big frame is a lot harder to make "smaller".
I was just going to say this. This is exactly right.
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i went with a 19" hardrock and im 5'11"... bad choice? :S
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Depends on how it fits. You might have long legs and short torso. But lets put it into perspective. I am 6'5 and my biggest bike is 19"
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Thanks for all the good advice!
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If in doubt, go with the smaller frame. You can always add more length with your seatpost height and saddle position, as well as handlebar bends and stem lengths.

A too-big frame is a lot harder to make "smaller".
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WTF is that???

That's the most scary-ass Kewpie doll I've ever seen. Great - now I'm gonna have nightmares tonight.
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WTF is that???

That's the most scary-ass Kewpie doll I've ever seen. Great - now I'm gonna have nightmares tonight.
When have you EVER known me to do the Mr. Roger's version of things?
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Here's another vote for "get the smaller frame". You have to be able to move freely on your bike. A bike that's too big for you is dangerous..
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