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Join Date: Mar 2000
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Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Specialized bikes have a reputation of having a shorter top-tube than many other manufacturer's, so already you looking at a frame that is a smaller-Large if that makes sense.
Personally, I like the feel of a smaller bike. I feel I have more control and my body english has more of an affect. However, if you're riding a properly fitting road bike, the mtn bike may feel too cramped for a person your size.
Also, for a person of your size and weight, you may want to condider more of a "trail bike" like the Specialized Enduro instead of the XC race-oriented Epic.
Just food for thought!
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