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Exactly. If your seat and bars are in the right place relative to the pedals, what's happening between these points is not very important. Many long time knowledgeable bikers have trouble w this, not just pimpley shop kids.
Get the smaller frame if the saddle can be set "too high" ie. higher than you now think feels right, as you get more experienced in riding you probably will be comfortable on a saddle that seemed too high at first.
The main problem w undersized frame especially w less experienced riders is getting the handlebar high enough. Remember, if you decide to raise the saddle, the handlebar is going to become lower relative to the saddle.
19in is small for 6ft2in rider usually, standover height is less important than how if fits when your riding. Maybe get a 20-21 with sloping top tube so you can stand over the bike while waiting for light to change, etc. A 21in frame with sloping top tube usually has a 19in seat tube. The nominal size based on level top tube bike for comparison purposes. In other words, the top tube is lower but the size is still "21" because if the top tube was level to the ground, the frame would in fact measure at 21in.
Short version, if your legs are near full extended at bottom of pedal stroke and hbars about the same height as the saddle or higher, lower per your preference then the bike fits.
Last edited by qmsdc15; 09-04-04 at 01:57 PM.