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    Looking to buy.

    OK, so I've recently gotten into the sport, and after trashing my old NEXT (i know, i know... not even a real bike) I've decided it's time to invest a little bit of money. My primary concern right now is with size. I don't have an LBS that I can go to, the nearest shop is over an hour away, so I need to research as much as I can online, and I haven't been able to find any sort of info to tell me how to fit a bike. I've read that inseam for stand-over, and arm length for bars are important (obviously) but anyone have a better idea of what I need to look for? Really quick, I am 6'3" or 6'4" (depending on how much sleep I've gotten) with a 35"-36" inseam and a shoulder to tip arm length of about 31". Trying to decide if I should go with a 19" or a 21", but from the looks of it, that may depend on brand. Most companies are good enough to convert it for me, so I know what the actual stand-over and such is... Any help is awesome, and appreciated.

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    Not all bikes are measured the same but you're likely too large for any 19" bikes but depends what you want from the bike handling-wise. How do you intend to ride? If you want a big bmx bike, go for a smaller bike, if you want to ride more all-around go for a larger bike.
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    yea, i'm looking to do more trail riding than anything, a little actual downhill/off the trail action, but not a ton. i was just looking through again, and the sizes are all over the place based on which company i choose. how much room do you want for the stand-over? that's one of my big concerns. i don't want to 'damage' anything, so based on the idea that i have a 35" inseam, do i want to go up to 31" SO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroXposur View Post
    yea, i'm looking to do more trail riding than anything, a little actual downhill/off the trail action, but not a ton. i was just looking through again, and the sizes are all over the place based on which company i choose. how much room do you want for the stand-over? that's one of my big concerns. i don't want to 'damage' anything, so based on the idea that i have a 35" inseam, do i want to go up to 31" SO?
    One inch clearance is probably fine.
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    The LBS in GA had me stand over the bike, and grab the seat and stem and lift up, If i was able to get the tires off the ground with ease, and not hurt anything, the SO was good.
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