[there was some talk of this burried on another thread, but thought
I should make it its own thread so others could perhaps share their
MTB Frame Sizing for Touring?
Okay, I’ve been getting conflicting information from places and need
some help sorting this out. I know that the real answer is, “it depends”
and that I should obviously try each bike out to see how it fits, but
because I am trying to find a used bike online (craigslist, classifieds, etc),
I have to be able to narrow it down to bikes within an acceptable
range. So here’s the deal:
I fit well on around a 56cm road bike (average body/weight, 5’10.5ish).
I am looking to use a MTB as a long distance, fully loaded, touring
bike. Do I want to find a MTB frame around the same size as I would
a road bike?
People often talk about getting a MTB smaller than they would a RB,
but this is if it’s being used as a MTB. Some have mentioned to me
that since I’d be using it as a Touring bike (long days, after days,
in the saddle) I’d want a frame as large as I could take. Others
have said that because MTB seat posts and stems can be adjusted
fairly high, and they often have longer toptubes, that I could go
with a smaller frame.
If I understand correctly, the frame being as large as possible mostly
makes it easier for the handlebars and saddle height to be correct for
your body (which MTBs seem to be able to accommodate over a large range
of sizes). Is there another reason a bike for touring would want the
frame as large as possible?
This also becomes a question because most of the MTBs I see for sale
are in the 17-19 inch range…could I make one of those work and still
be comfortable over long distances?
Alexander, confused, in Providence