Originally Posted by icithecat
Your questions are confusing, hence the 40 hits with no replies yet. There are 5'4" and shorter women riding 29ers, so why do you think 5'8" is too short? A 29er is simply a mtb/hybrid frame that will take 700c wheels with fat tires. At 5'8" you should be thinking medium or 18" - 19" frame depending on whether they are marketed as s/m/l or 16/18/20. Are there no bike shops in Rekjavik where you can sit on different bikes to size yourself?
Just trying to open conversation here.
i understand what a 29er is, but, it seems like they tend to be popular with taller riders, especially for a mtb setup. i am not sure why this is.
i ride a 52cm road bike and an even smaller cross bike that just barely escapes toe overlap. the reason i asked about sizing on a surly is because i have read (dont know from experience) that they run big. so i am wondering if anyone out there who is my size has a karate monkey, and if so, what the size is.
my mtb's are 15.5 (trek, a little small) and 17 (ironhorse, a little long in the tt)...so if i'm say, a 16" in the karate monkey, which has 29/700c wheels on it, wont their be some toe overlap?
as for bike shops in reykjavik...um. not really. they all suck and they only carry a few mainstream brands. i would likely be the only one in the entire country with a single speed, much less a surly.
am i making any more sense now? thanks for the help...