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Old 02-07-07, 02:25 PM   #1
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Please help! Med or Large Frame?

My last bike was 19" and I was able to ride it only at the saddles lowest position, I barely cleared the top tube (~1"). I'm going to get a used bike but am considering going 17" and raising the saddle. I'm 5'10", 180lbs, and have a 30" inseam. Would 17" be possibly to small for me? I know riding a bike in person is the best way to figure it out but in my search for used bikes I need to know if I should be looking at medium frames (17") or large frames (19"). Thanks for your help!
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My last bike was 19" and I was able to ride it only at the saddles lowest position, I barely cleared the top tube (~1"). I'm going to get a used bike but am considering going 17" and raising the saddle. I'm 5'10", 180lbs, and have a 30" inseam. Would 17" be possibly to small for me? I know riding a bike in person is the best way to figure it out but in my search for used bikes I need to know if I should be looking at medium frames (17") or large frames (19"). Thanks for your help!
I am 5'9" with a 32" inseam and ride a 17" Kona hardtail and a Medium Turner Flux.
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I’m 5’7” with a 30” inseam and my Giant has a 17” frame.
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I'm 6'0" and have a 31" inseam and ride a medium (17") Specialized Enduro.
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Im 5' 10" with a 32" inseam, and i ride a 17" trail bike and 19" commuter.

I would think a 17" would be perfect for you. But you won't know until you sit on the bike.
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5'9,

I ride a medium.
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5'10" I ride a large, but sounds like you should get a medium. May not fit exactly right, but probably better.
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medium sounds like the right fit for you, but check it out on the bike you want before you plunk down the cash!
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My last bike was 19" and I was able to ride it only at the saddles lowest position, I barely cleared the top tube (~1"). I'm going to get a used bike but am considering going 17" and raising the saddle. I'm 5'10", 180lbs, and have a 30" inseam. Would 17" be possibly to small for me? I know riding a bike in person is the best way to figure it out but in my search for used bikes I need to know if I should be looking at medium frames (17") or large frames (19"). Thanks for your help!
Dont forget that different manufacturer sizings can also differ.
But i would state that that frame you mention is way to big.
You need atleast a couple of inches between your crotch & top tube

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I'd get a 17" (medium) if I were you.
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5' 10" medium/17"...
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I'm 5'11", have a 32.5" inseam and ride a Large (Specialized).
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5' 11", 33.5" inseam - 17.5" frame with plenty o' post

You'll never know for sure until you throw a leg over the bike, but I'd generally err on the side of smallness.
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I have a 30" inseam and only ride 17" frames. My son is 6" with a 30.5" inseam, but also rides 17" frame.
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Take into consideration the top tube length also.
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How about you visit the site for each of the bikes you are considering to buy to find out your size. Most of the bike companies have a size configurator...
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I'm 5'10" with a 68" inseam and ride a 13" frame.
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I'm 5'10" with a 68" inseam and ride a 13" frame.
That means you have a 1" torso. My daughters used to draw people that way.
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That means you have a 1" torso. My daughters used to draw people that way.
I'm all legs, what can I say? But, we shouldn't get hung up on me. We're helping a fellow forum member choose an appropriately sized bike while sitting at a computer many miles away.
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I'm all legs, what can I say? But, we shouldn't get hung up on me. We're helping a fellow forum member choose an appropriately sized bike while sitting at a computer many miles away.
Tsk tsk. Many kilometers away. I'm Canadian, eh?
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That means you have a 1" torso. My daughters used to draw people that way.
and a 1" head.
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Tsk tsk. Many kilometers away. I'm Canadian, eh?
Right. Many miles. And even more kilometers.
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Right. Many miles. And even more kilometers.
Metric was created to improve self-esteem.

200 lbs? No, 90 kg.
Ride a century? Pffft, how about 160 km.

You can apply to any measurement you have low-esteem about. For instance, try converting from inches to cm.
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You can apply to any measurement you have low-esteem about. For instance, try converting from inches to cm.
Nice. I see where you're going with this.
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I am 1.2564347494 x 10^ -11 AU tall and I ride a large.
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