Originally Posted by chaadster
Out of curiosity, what was the purpose of this thread if you've already set your mind to the 19" bike?
i have not set my mind to a 19". i have 2-4 weeks to continue to go to other shops for test ride and get info & comments from others like you (thanks). lbs put down 19" for the pre-order because he recommended that but all this is tentative. lbs will allow me to change my mind about the size or even purchase even after the order arrives.
i've learned that #s don't always translate to reality. but i am concerned that the 19" barely left me enough stand over clearance that was acceptable. spec sheets indicate that the 2011s will have 2 cm less SO clearance. i'm not one to overrate SO but it's nice to have a little bit so i can hop off the saddle onto the TT when stopping for a water break.
i started this thread because though i realize ultimately only i can decide what i'm comfortable with...i don't have much confidence in my knowledge of proper posture, factors etc.
someone pointed out that not enough stanchions are showing and that the fork needs to get pumped. i'll have to re-visit lbs. sometimes we need others to give differing views & considerations before deciding. i was afraid that i may have had misleading test set up because of improper posture.
my biggest fear for a 21" would be reduced SO clearance (this is a mtn bike!) and that i'm moving 2 sizes up from what a lot of people my height who ride gary fishers. i have a feeling that i may have to opt for your advice and avoid the gary fisher geometry all together.
i take serious consideration of the feedback. thanks.