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Old 12-18-08, 11:47 PM   #1
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MB Fit?

Well i discovered that the recently purchased Trek for $120 is 16.5 inches (FRAME) and im 5 Feet 9" inches tall. There is a clearance of roughly 3" from crotch. Is this size bike salvageable for my height with perhaps a slightly longer seat post?

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Old 12-19-08, 08:12 AM   #2
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it doesn't sound too bad- a lot of people run mountain bikes with a good bit of post, me included.
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I'm 5'6 and ride a 15" frame. You need that crotch clearance- unless you want to sing soprano.

Just get a longer seat stem
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The fit depends more on your riding style and your desired reach (i.e., effective top tube length and stem length) rather than the seat tube length.
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too small .. at least for my taste it would be.. I'd get an 17 or 18
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Well with a slightly longer 1" post my leg extension is almost complete so at 16.75 the frame isnt terribly small from what i can see. Thanks for your input folks.
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3" is to close for comfort, 1 went from a tall trek 8500(old outdated peice of %#@) that was about a 16.5 to 17" tall and alot of clearence problems seeing is as how i'm only 5'6" so when i got my fsr i dropped down to a medium to a 14.5-15" height and the ride is alot better and more comfortable.
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Glad you got your rigs issue solved happy riding
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I'm 5'6" w/ 32" inseam and love my 15.5" mongoose. However, there have been a couple of occasions out on the trails where I found the knee-to-stem dimension a little tight for my tastes.

I'm rolling my 17" KHS on the trails from here on out.

A 16.5 doesn't sound that bad for you...
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