Originally Posted by PlatyPius
I'm 5'11" and I ride a 19" in Trek/Fisher. I have to use a short stem (80-90mm) due to the way I ride, but a 17.5" is too small for me.
My question is are you riding a trek or a fisher, I know they are the same company but the treks have a shorter toptube than the fishers, my brother test rode a 18" trek and wasn't sure that it was large enough but when I look at the geometry, I believe a 20" trek was shorter than the 17.5" fisher so his test ride was not an accurate comparrison. By the way I don't know how you ride but we like to drop our seat and ride standing up as fast as, we, out of shape guys can ride until we are too tired to go on that way and then we raise the rectum rod of torture (aka seat post) and crawl back to the truck while sitting on our brused and painful uretheras.
Like I said we like the downhills, its eisier to stand up on them and their more fun.
We already ride with shorty stems and riser bars so is their any real reason why we couldn't put a longer stem on a smaller frame and stack some spacers on top of the head tube to compensate for the head tube being almost an inch shorter than the one on the 19" frame, this might leave about 4" of steer tube above the head tube, would that be a problem?