My son has been jonesing for a full suspension MTB for a long time, so for Christmas I secretly built him one up. He loves it, but I'm concerned I goofed and I think it's too small. Any input would be great.
He is 5'6" and rides a 17" hardtail MTB w/o issue. This Giant is a 16.5" frame (hence my thinking it'd fit). According to a fit guide I just found, he's right between a 16.5 & 18.5 frame.
He rode it around today (in the snow) and said it felt fine, but I'm concerned he's too far forward/low and once we hit the trails he'll go over the bars. We do ride some technical trails (uphill and down) but no big drops or jumps.
He really likes the flat bars I put on there, but I'm thinking a steeper stem and riser bars to bring him up about 2".
Buying a new frame/bike at this moment isn't really an option without selling this one (his Christmas gift). But feedback on how to better fit him - or if it actually looks ok and I'm just being paranoid.