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Old 05-08-09, 11:40 PM   #1
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Frame too big for me?

Hello Guys,
I bought the Trek 6000 with and 18.5" frame. I'm 5'7"
I'm a beginner in MTBing and not aware of the proper frame sizing.

After riding it 2 times around town, I'm not feeling any discomfort whatsoever but people are saying you need at least 2-3 inches clearance between the frame and the balls. Mine just touches the frame but is not sitting on it.

I plan to hit the trails real soon and not into jumping or extreme biking. Is there really a very good chance of cracking my nuts into the frame when MTBing?

And lastly, is there a chance that the LBS will accept if I return the bike in exchange for a smaller frame?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-09-09, 12:22 AM   #2
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The 6000 comes as 15.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 21.5".
Trek calls those S, M, M, L, XL and says they have
standover heights of 28.2 29.4 30.0 30.7 32.1"

A "medium" person is about 5' 10" tall
You are a "small" person
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It sounds kind of big to me. And yes, you would need some sort of clearance so you don't hit yourself.

You bought this at an LBS and they didn't fit you properly?
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not a small a 17.5 sounds right to me. especially in a trek hardtail a 5'10 person can ride a 19.5 inch trek no problem.
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I'm like 5'11.5 and I have a 19.5
(just under 6 foot =( )

Hey, I'd say if its comfortable for you and your not having any problems with it, and you dont plan on doing anything super serious, Don't worry what the fit Nazi's say.
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It sounds kind of big to me. And yes, you would need some sort of clearance so you don't hit yourself.

You bought this at an LBS and they didn't fit you properly?
nope, they did not. I bought it at westlakecyclery here in Westlake California.

I'm not dead set on returning it but if there is a chance that the LBS will take it back, I would like to exchange it for a smaller one.

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I say bike is big. I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam and I ride an 18" in Trek, 17.5" in Gary Fisher. Had a 19" Trek 4300 disc... definitely too big.

As to what the LBS will do, no way to know but to ask them. Some will, some won't.
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From all appearances, I will also agree that 18.5" seems a bit large for 5'-7". But hey, whadda I know?
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Update

Just got back from the LBS. They let me trade it in for a smaller frame (17.5) !! wooohoo
Now I'm a happy contended man :thumbsup:

anyone around westlake,camarillo,ventura area, check that place out, westlakecyclery.com
even though they did not measure me when I bought the bike, they made up for it for taking the bike back in. great guys..

appreciate all your advice!
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I'm like 5'11.5 and I have a 19.5
(just under 6 foot =( )

Hey, I'd say if its comfortable for you and your not having any problems with it, and you dont plan on doing anything super serious, Don't worry what the fit Nazi's say.
You are four and a half inches taller than him and your bike is one inch taller than his. I say safety and comfort is first!
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Just got back from the LBS. They let me trade it in for a smaller frame (17.5) !! wooohoo
Now I'm a happy contended man :thumbsup:

anyone around westlake,camarillo,ventura area, check that place out, westlakecyclery.com
even though they did not measure me when I bought the bike, they made up for it for taking the bike back in. great guys..

appreciate all your advice!
Ohh this is good news, them letting you return it. So how do you like it now?
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another update

Took the new frame for spin around town. I noticed the following.
1. Butt does not hurt as bad as the old one as it is resting more on the back end of the saddle.
2. Noticeable ease when climbing.
3. I have more control of the bike while pedaling on a standing position.
4. Bike jumps are easier.. if you can call 2 inches off the ground as jumping .. lol
5. This one puzzles me, I get more pressure on my hands and it hurts a bit after the ride. Maybe because I setup my seat lower than I normally would?

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I think 1 and 5 are probably connected .. your weight has to go somewhere... another thought your seat may be higher now in relation to your handlebars.. Welcome to the world of fitting a bike, where your trying to get comfortable on a torture device.
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Sounds like more weight is on your bars now that it has shifted. If your saddle is lower than the weight would be more on the rear. But then again you changed frames so the top tube is probably shorter as well, which is putting you in a more upright position. Maybe the stem is long?
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Ooo I have an idea. Try to tilt your saddle nose up a wee bit. Not half inch or even quarter inch. A weeeeee bit. That will put you more 'into' the saddle, shifting the weight off of your hands.
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Ooo I have an idea. Try to tilt your saddle nose up a wee bit. Not half inch or even quarter inch. A weeeeee bit. That will put you more 'into' the saddle, shifting the weight off of your hands.
sounds like a good idea. I'll try that tomorrow! thanks
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It's tomorrow. Did you try it?
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yeah I did, wrist doesn't hurt that much now, but I also bought a pair of Gel Gloves so maybe that helped also . I found a small off-road trail along a dried creek in our area and that gave the bike specially me some good punishment.

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Yay! And you're welcome.

Just keep adjusting it till you feel comfortable. If your you-know-whats start to tingle then you know you adjusted it too high. Sometimes it may take a while to get used to being positioned on a bike but it shouldn't hurt.
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It seems that most men like the saddle nose tilted up at least a bit.

Tilted down, even slightly, it feels like I'm gonna slip off the damn thing.
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I like mine tipped down.. but then sagged it may level out.. on the road bike still tipped down a little.. Tipped up is not comfortable to me.

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Ohh this is good news, them letting you return it. So how do you like it now?
Didn't want no trouble, but... Thats why I said if he's comfortable and doesn't have any problems, I'd let alone.

But, I see he did the smarter thing, and found the smaller frame feels better, so he went with that.


So in essance, this conversation is now pointless lol
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I'm like 5'11.5 and I have a 19.5
(just under 6 foot =( )

Hey, I'd say if its comfortable for you and your not having any problems with it, and you dont plan on doing anything super serious, Don't worry what the fit Nazi's say.

Until you crack your nads, OP.
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I'm 5'7, and I ride 15 to 17 inches, and on a 15 incher my manhood touches the toptube.
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