Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Lake Sunapee Area, NH
Bikes: 1993ish trek singletrack
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Arch, I am a hair over 5'9" and I have an 18" Jamis Durango 29. I've had it since April and so far, so good. I bought it after having been out of biking for many a year, and honestly, I thought I'd be doing a lot tamer riding than I currently do. So in hindsight, I may have been better served by a 26" trail bike. That said, I still like the bike quite a bit. As other posters have noted, try to find out the type of riding you want to do, and try to figure out what type of bike suits that style best. Above all, make sure it fits. It may be a good idea to get an inexpensive bike on craigslist, borrow one from a friend, etc... in order to ride for a while, and then upgrade when you have a better idea of what your needs are. As an inexperienced rider, it will be hard to figure out whether a bike works for you in the parking lot of the lbs. Best of luck with your decision. Keep us posted on what direction you go in.