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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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Justen, I wouldn't be too concerned with standover clearance issue with a mtn bike. This is more of a concern with road bike sizing. And since you don't have "dangly bits" I wouldn't worry that 1.5" is all the clearance you have.
You need to concentrate on "Cockpit" lenght, or how long the top-tube is. If the bike feels cramped, you can swap to a longer stem or move up to the next size frame. If you feel too stretched out, versa vice. Smaller frame or shorter stem.
If you plan to do mostly road riding, or fast XC off-road riding; you're better off on a bigger frame.
If you're going to ride more aggressive off-road and stuff with drops, jumps or bridges (elevated trails), stick with a smaller frame, AND a shorter stem. A good bike for aggro riding should feel compact. This aides in getting WAY back on the bike and makes it easier to get the front tire up. Plus, a smaller frame is easier to handle through technical trails and in the air. It'll steer faster!
A longer frame responds a bit slower and is more stable in the air and at higher speeds. Thus, better for road riding!
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