Another sizing question (or help me justify buying this bike)
Ok, so I have kind of a weird body-type where I have a pretty short inseam (~29"), but I'm still 5' 10" tall. A lot of bike frames feel weird because I have short legs. I used to have a 17.5" Jamis Dakota comp (previous to it getting stolen), and I always felt a little akward on it.
I'm going to go look at a Trek Fuel on monday that's a 15.5" frame, and I'm curious if It's just a waste of time? Or if I do end up getting it and riding it regularly, am I looking at possible injuries from using too small of a frame? The only reason I'm really excited about this particular bike is because it's a killer deal with a bunch of decent components on it. It's basically exactly what I'm looking for, aside from the frame possibly being too small. The previous owner also said that he's 5'10" and it fits him well with the gigantic seat-post he put on there.
I'll probably head to the LBS tomorrow and dick around on some smaller frames and see how they feel. I'm just curious about peoples opinions regarding smaller frames. Or if I'm like touching some mystical MTB'ing taboo I'm unaware of. Oh, and the bike is going to be used for a bit of XC and some Downhill up at the slopes during the summer. It will pretty much never see the streets as I have an old Fuji absolute fixed conversion I ride around.