I am on the verge of making a purchase, and I have narrowed my choices down to either a Marin Bolinas Ridge or a Specialized Hardrock Sport. My question has to do with fit. I have ridden both, and I think the sizes I rode are going to be the best option for each choice. I rode a Medium Specialized and a 15" Marin, which are roughly comparable.
The Specialized felt very comfortable while up on the bike, but the standover height was an issue. I am 5'8", but I have really short legs. (25" inseam) The Specialized was almost impossible to stand over with both feet on the ground.
With the Marin, the standover was much more comfortable. When up on the bike, it felt "short". I felt like , to make it more comfortable, the seat should have been a few inches further back.
So, do you think that I am going to be able to find something that fits me, or am I going to have to compromise? I plan on trying the Marin again, and playing with the seat height to try and get a better fit. But I suspect that with my short legs and longer upper-body, It's going to be one or the other.
I'll be doing some trail riding and some short-distance commuting. Am I risking my future generations if I go with the Specialized? Will I regret my purchase if get the less-comfortable Marin?
All feedback is welcome.