I don't know much about mountain bikes. I will be using the mountain bike to go on trails once in a while, but other than that, I will use it for more of a cardio type thing on normal streets with not too many hills.
All I want to know is how do I figure out what size bike I need. I see lots of people here that are taller than me and use less than a 24" frame, but I went to a store and tried a 24" frame bike, and it didn't seem to be big enough for me? As far as getting my size right, is there something I am missing here, or is there something other than a frame that decides which bike is the right size for my height? I don't want anything expensive, and yes, specialty stores can help me with this, but specialty bike stores are way over my budget. I need something simple that will last me a few years, nothing high end, so $150-250 range, which means a specialty bike store is pretty much not an option. Here is one that I am looking at, it has a lifetime replacement warranty on all steel frames & rigid forks. 5-yr warranty on all aluminum frames & rigid forks. 1-yr warranty on all suspension forks and components.
Mountain bike with oversized downtube
Available in 16" (boys') and 20" (men's) frame with 24 x 1.95" and 26 x 1.95" Kenda tires with alloy rims
Falcon front derailleur and rear derailleur
18-speed Falcon indexed shifting system
Black PVC grips
Lifetime warranty on bike frame
We recommend bikes be professionally assembled
Granted, this bike is probably crap from a non-casual mountain biker's perspective, but I'd like to know if this would be the right size bike for somene 6' 1". I mean the average man's height is only 2-4 inches less than my height, so I assume it should do the job?
Thanks for any help.