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    Confused about 29er sizing

    I test rode a Kona Unit 20" frame, and liked the feel, but had nothing to compare it to. The 20" was the only size the store had in stock. I'm 5' 11" with about a 33" inseam, shorter torso, and longer arms. I ride a Specialized Allez 56cm road bike. Found a Kona sizing chart that said for someone 5'11, the 19" is the right size, and a 20" is for someone 6' 0" to 6' 4". My confusion is that, looking at reach and standover, it will fit.
    Some other threads said top tube length is more important but it doesn't seem to compare to my road bike at all. (I don't think I should be getting the 16")
    Also, this will be a commuter bike rather than trails, so I will also be converting it to a 1x10, (Anyone know of any rigid steel 29ers that are geared?)
    What do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nel View Post
    I I'm 5' 11" with about a 33" inseam, shorter torso, and longer arms. ... Found a Kona sizing chart that said for someone 5'11, the 19" is the right size, and a 20" is for someone 6' 0" to 6' 4".
    Since you're only an inch away from being 5' 12", you might be able to go either way, depending upon your preferences.

    Does your shop have any other Kona bikes in the 19" size for you to try? Trying some other model in 19" wouldn't be apples-to-apples, but it might make for a useful experiment.

    FWIW, I'm 5' 9", and right at the top-edge of the range that Specialized gives for their 17" frame size. I just built up a 19" frame bike as an experiment, because I feel my riding style is such that I would benefit from a longer top-tube and a slightly reduced seat-to-bar drop. I am one inch below the recommended, 5' 10" starting point for a 19" frame, but so far I like what I've built. Today will be my first real ride on the bike though, so you might want to hit me up in a week or two for a long-term opinion.

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    Also FWIW...I'm 5'9" and ride a 19" 29er. The cockpit is much mo' betta.
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    Better get a 19

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    If you can I would your pedals on the bike and ride it around a bit to see if there is any toe overlap for you also. I have a 32" inseam am 5'10" and ride a 18" Inbred 29er. On the toe overlap I have usually only noticed this on the smaller of frame usually S or XS this seems common, I have a 50cm road bike (awesome deal and I usually ride a 52mm) and I get toe overlap.

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    Redline (D440) and GT (Peace) make rigid geared 29ers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malemute_Kid View Post
    Redline (D440) and GT (Peace) make rigid geared 29ers.
    Sorry, I meant to ask if there were any rigid steel 29ers with a 1x gearing. Redline used to have the D460. I saw one on craigslist I'm considering. And it's a 19".

    Guess I'm being pretty particular...I want steel for the comfort, rigid for the weight/maintenance, and some gears for the hills (but just in the back...someone once said rear derailleurs are science and front are voodoo). Seems like a lot of people create 1x9/10's on their own, judging by some of the threads about that kind of conversion...Anyway, it just seems like there is a latent demand for them.

    Thanks for all the replies about sizing. The 20" is all they have and it's quite a hike to other dealers. My gut is that 19" is a better fit, though.

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    The Redline D440 is a rigid steel 29er with 1x8 gearing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malemute_Kid View Post
    The Redline D440 is a rigid steel 29er with 1x8 gearing
    Yes, you're right, it was 1x8 on the 2010 model. The 2011 is 2x8. Not sure about the 2012...

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    I didnt realize they changed the new models....... last time i was looking at the Redlines was in 2010.....

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    You should let the bike shop help with the correct frame.
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