NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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I've always felt that for a mountain bike, if you are between the two sizes, it's better to go with the smaller of the two.
A smaller bike is more manueverable. A smaller frame is stronger. A smaller frame is safer for Richard and the Twins. A smaller frame feels better when jumping.
I "should" be on a Large (i.e. 18" or 19") frame, but have always felt too stretched out. I am more comfortable on a Medium frame. However, that's just me. You might be different.
Try to test ride a bike that is available in both sizes, so you can immediately switch back and forth.
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