Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
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I agree with both posters above, I'm 5'8" or just a tad taller. I've been told by bike shops to ride a 17" frame and those that don't have a 17" go for a 18" frame. My first two MTBs were both 17" frames.
However, I now ride a 15.5" hardtail and a 16-16.5" dual suspension frames that have slightly longer top tubes. When I brought the hardtail into two different bike shops, they both said that I had a problem because the frame is too small for me. But I find I like it better. It's a personal preference to ride the smaller frame.
If you're new to MTBs, I'd play it safe and go with a 17" "medium" frame. Most of my freinds that are around 5'8" ride medium frames.
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