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Old 05-31-09, 12:25 PM   #1
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I am 5' 8 what Bike Size should I get? is 19 too big.

Hey, I am 5' 8 (175cm) I just got my new 19" Kona MTB. Does 19" too big for me?

Since I got my bike on a discount price I can't return my bike. Should I ask LBS to change my stem from 90mm to 75mm or even smaller size? Thanks
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Im almost 6'1'' and I rid a 19.5
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Old 05-31-09, 01:00 PM   #3
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So..

Thanks, so is that meam my bike is way too big for me? If I ask my LBS to change a smaller stem would that affect handling?
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In a vacuum, on the surface, at a glance, the bike is too large for you. Prolly 16-17 " will be better for you.

I am 5'-10" and ride a 17" and an 18".

Try out the shorter stem, and try sliding the saddle forward.

Why did the LBS not properly fit you on a bike?
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I bought my bike on sale 19 was the only size they have at the time.
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I bought my bike on sale 19 was the only size they have at the time.
And they let you walk out without checking the fit? Sheesh.

They were prolly more interested in turning a buck.

If the above is true, then find another LBS who can competently help with the possible solutions stated above.
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I came from a BMX background and never liked the "feel" of long stems. I'm 5'-9" and 40mm-ish is the stem size I prefer but if I installed those in a 16 or 17 frame, the cockpit feels too cramped for me. I had an old 2001 Speialized Enduro 19 that fit me really well. I know it's out of the norm, but the combo works for me.



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thanks, I think I am gonna replace my 90mm stem to a smaller one maybe 60mm
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BTW, Does a smaller stem would affect handling?
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turning will be snapier I'd imagine
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I'm 5'8" and couldn't imagine riding a 19". Try the shorter stem and let us know, though.
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I'm about a half inch taller at just over 5'8". When I bought my first new bike, the LBS had 15, 17 and 19 inch framed Rockhoppers. As soon as I said I wanted to test ride a Rockhopper, they immediately put me on a 19" frame. But I was already hanging out here and knew to buy a bike that felt good. As soon as I tested the 19", I knew it was too big and tried the 17" that I landed up buying, over the protest of the sales guy who said I wouldn't like it later on. (Turned out he's a roadie who doesn't ride MTBs
Unfortunatly, few LBSs ask how tall someone is, what their inseam measurement is or what their arm length is.
As for the OP, in addition to a shorter stem, move your saddle forward. But only move it about a quarter to half inch at a time. IMHO a small move will make a big difference.
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Any chance you can get a pic of you on the bike? I'm 5'9" and have a 17" and a 19". For my longer rides, XC type I prefer the bigger bike. More techy I like the smaller. I'm assuming you have sufficient stand over room though...
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I went to my LBS today, and they agreed to exchange a smaller size bike for me
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I went to my LBS today, and they agreed to exchange a smaller size bike for me
Hallelujah!
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I went to my LBS today, and they agreed to exchange a smaller size bike for me
Congrats! What size did you get?

I'm also 5'8 and debating on a 15 or 17. I had a 15 and it felt a little small but not too much.
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congrats! What size did you get?

I'm also 5'8 and debating on a 15 or 17. I had a 15 and it felt a little small but not too much.
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I'm about 5' 11" (6' /w shoes), and I ride a 19". I've road everything from a 17" to a 21" (frames include, Specialized 19", KHS 17", K2 21", and Leader 19" (hardtails only)), all of them were very ride-able once setup with the correct stem length. You may need to adjust the seat forward or back, depending on frame geometry.
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I exchanged for a 17inch Kona. It fits me perfectly.

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^ Sweet Kona dude!
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