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Old 10-18-04, 08:25 PM   #1
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frame size

I'm new to mountain biking, and I am looking for a bike.I am 6' 4"tall.LBS has a new 'o4 trek 4500 $100 off, in frame size 19.5". Would I be better off spending the extra money to get a 21" or 22.5" frame? ('05 models)
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Old 10-18-04, 08:29 PM   #2
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If you're looking at the 4500 i'm guessing you aren't looking to do aggressive stuff. So the bike doesn't need to be super small. If i were 6'4" i'd probabily go with the 21". But to be sure go down to the shop and try all three sizes out to see which is most comfortable.
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Without knowing your inseam measurement, I'd only be guessing, but the 19.5 seems a bit small.

Do you have unusually short legs?
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My inseam is 35". The bike shop doesn't have the 21" or 22.5" bikes in stock, so I can't them. The 19.5" was ok on the parking lot but I have long arms and thought maybe the extra length would be less tiring. I plan to ride some pretty steep mountain trails,but not at competition speeds.I am 48 years old, still in pretty good shape.(lots of running) I have ridden some trails on my old diamondback but it is way too small.
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With a 35" inseam, I'd get "as big as you can". The 22.5" might be just what you need.
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