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Old 07-17-07, 09:50 PM   #1
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Wheel base question

Hey folks. So i have decided to start a new build. I am going to try to build myself a full suspension all mountain type ride. It maybe more stunty or it maybe more xc oriented. I am not sure yet. All i know for certain is that i am [U]very[U] interested in a specialized enduro. I also plan to buy my frame used and go from there. I think that maybe irrelevant. Anyways, I have never owned a full suspension and am not exactly sure what the most precise fit would be. i currently ride an 18 inch stumpjumper hardtail. The two sizes of enduros i am torn between is the large and the medium. I've riden both and they both feel good. I even had the opportunity to ride the medium off-road and on some of my favorite trails for about 5 hours this past spring. The large has a wheel base of 1156mm and the medium is 1129. They are both a considerable amount wider than my current ride. However, the medium has a shorter stand over than my current ride and the large is just about identical (3mm taller). So i figured i would put a layback seatpost and a 110mm stem on the bike if i bought the medium or put a standard seatpost and a 90mm or less stem. I know you guys are going to say whatever feels good, but might you add any other advice, suggestions, input. Thanks a lot for the time you've took to read this ridiculous post. Happy trails!

P.S. I am 5'11" with a 30 or 31 inch inseam i think...

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Old 07-17-07, 10:09 PM   #2
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size it based on the toptube length you'll need, not the wheelbase. compare the size of your current ride with the numbers of the enduro; measure everything carefully. then compare that with how you feel on the current ride. too cramped? too stretched? go from there.
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thanks scrublover. i'll look into it. the medium enduro has a tt that is 4mm shorter than my stumpy. the large is 23 mm shorter. i guess i'll need to sit on my bike and think about this for a bit. right now, when i descend on my ht it feels super good and maneuverable.... almost like a bmx bike with big tires. i'll think about this. my biggest concert is that a too small cramped cockpit will make climbing even harder than it already is going to be on a full suspension.
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thanks scrublover. i'll look into it. the medium enduro has a tt that is 4mm shorter than my stumpy. the large is 23 mm shorter. i guess i'll need to sit on my bike and think about this for a bit. right now, when i descend on my ht it feels super good and maneuverable.... almost like a bmx bike with big tires. i'll think about this. my biggest concert is that a too small cramped cockpit will make climbing even harder than it already is going to be on a full suspension.

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Er, that's right. I meant to say that the large has a tt that is 23 mm longer than my current ride. I think that is just about an inch. Overall, after comparing the geometry, it's a larger bike.
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Er, that's right. I meant to say that the large has a tt that is 23 mm longer than my current ride. I think that is just about an inch. Overall, after comparing the geometry, it's a larger bike.
ah. that lends clarity to things. then if the med is 4mm shorter, and the large is 23mm longer, and you are very comfortable on the current ride...

i'd get the medium, and stick with the same stem length you have now. then go up or down from there. maybe longer/shorter/setback post or not depending on how the seat tube angle sits you.
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thanks for the advice scrublover. it's much appreciated. as would be any other input...
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thanks for the advice scrublover. it's much appreciated. as would be any other input...
A guy I rode with last week has an Enduro and he's 5'9" and has a large. He told me the bike is a little big for him, but he likes the way it felt over a medium. If you are feeling stretched or cramped, you can also adjust with a seat/seatpost change or shorter/longer stem.
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