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Old 08-28-06, 02:44 PM   #1
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Frame size question.

I recently purchased an Ironhorse maverick with 19.5' frame. I'm 5'10 and have about 1' (at the most) of clearance between the frame and the 'jewels'. I won't be doing any major trails, just some light trails and commuting. The bike feels good, but i'm a bit worried because if i fall down that the frame is too big? Should i return it and try to get a 17.5 frame instead ?

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That amount of clearance is typical. There's a kind of urban legend that you need clearance over the bar to protect the goodies, but in reality, you're not likely to fall onto the bar...more likely to the side. And if you do fall on to the bar, even if you had a couple more inches clearance, you're not going to land on straight legs anyway, like a gymnast "sticking" the dismount!
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I would yes. Especially if you are thinking that yourself already. I'm comfortable on a 19" xc style bike and am 6'1". I'd say a 17 or so would fit you way better.
You'll find a smaller frame more agile and easier to move around on.
Most people go for about 3-4" of clearance between the boys and the top tube.
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Old 08-28-06, 03:47 PM   #4
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If might just be me, but I would rather have smaller frame rather than having a too big of a frame. I would move down a frame size or 2 maybe.
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You might want to share your inseam measurement to help with the discussion. On the other hand, I'm about 1.5 inches shorter than you and comfortably ride a 17" frame. It feels real good, especially when I make a mistake and slip off the seat and land over the top tube. Yup, the lack of contact feels REAL good.
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Ok, i my inseam seems to be around 30-31', i wear size 30 pants if that helps as well.
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I'd probably take it back. I'm 6'1"-6'2" and I ride a 19".

I used to have a 21" but sold it b/c I like the 19" better.

If you can just take it back w/o costing you $$$, do it.
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I am 5' 10" and typically ride a 17" or an 18". A 19.5" would most likely be too big for me.

PS For your inseam stand flat against a wall with your heals touching the wall. Wearing just your underwear (no shoes) and put a book between your legs and against the wall. Then measure from the book to the floor. Knowing your "true" inseam is going to be somewhat important, your pants inseam is pretty much useless.
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