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    backwoods bicycle militia hobbsc's Avatar
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    frame size, how much does an inch matter?

    I currently ride a 19" Gary Fisher Wahoo (2005), and am looking into building up a singlespeed bike. All of the frames I've seen have been 20". I'm about 6'2 (with a 32" inseam). How much does that extra inch matter?

    Should I go for a 20" or should I just shop around for a brand that offers 19" frames?

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    Throw the stick!!!! LowCel's Avatar
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    What is the difference in the top tubes on the two different frames? To me that measurement is more important than the seat tube length.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Don't go off of the seat tube length because all manufacturers are different. Make your choice based on adequate standover clearance and cockpit length (i.e., base it on the effective top tube length). And geometry differences between different frames will make a difference too.

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    I know when it comes to BMX's even .1 of an inch makes a bit of a difference.

    I went from a 20 to a 20.1TT, didnt feel much of a difference right away but I sure as hell felt it going back to a 20 for a bit.

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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    you can swap in a shorter/longer stem, to match your saddle to h/bar length from your old bike. though handling will be a bit different..
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