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Old 04-15-19, 02:20 PM
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Giant Excursion 23" frame for 6' rider?

Hello everyone,

Someone on my local FB Marketplace is selling a Giant Excursion. They say it has 700c wheels and Shimano LX components with 21 speeds. Seller says he's 6'2" and the bike is a good fit for him. Asking price is $120.

The ad states that the frame is a 23" size. I'm 6' tall and wear a 30 inseam trousers. If I measured high enough, my real inseam would probably be a 32 or 33.

Never having owned a Giant, at least not one sold under their brand name, I don't know what to expect size-wise. While it's being sold as local, it's located about 45 minutes away from me.

Does this seem like something worth pursuing?

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1. Google bicycle inseam, I bet its a lot more than 30 inches. People other than Elvis don't wear pants up against hard stuff.

2. Sellers rarely if ever get size right. It would be unusual if this seller is right.

3. Go take a look.
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+1 on what @wrk101 said. For reference I am 5"11" and have a 30 inch inseam. I ride a 23" road frame because I have short legs and a long torso -so I don't show a "fistful of seat post" and the stand over is snug but the bike fits for actual riding.-I need the Top tube length. Like bill said - go take a look.
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Another +1. Should be a good size for you, or close to it.
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+1 on what @wrk101 said. For reference I am 5"11" and have a 30 inch inseam. I ride a 23" road frame because I have short legs and a long torso -so I don't show a "fistful of seat post" and the stand over is snug but the bike fits for actual riding.-I need the Top tube length. Like bill said - go take a look.
This is the problem I have with my Schwinn World that was a late birthday present in the summer of 1989. My family must have thought I was going to grow some more, but I didn't grow enough to keep the top tube from being quite snug on that bike. I still ride it some, and doubt I could/would part with it if only for sentimental reasons. But as I've gotten older, my tolerance for that type of discomfort has lessened.

On top of that, where I live is pretty hilly, and those older 12-speed gear ratios don't help much going uphill. This Giant looks like it has some of the gearing advantages of an MTB with the posture of a non-dropbar road bike. The perfect thing for exercise and recreational riding. I know there are probably better bikes available, but I don't want to fork out new bike money right now. Let's just hope it fits. I've arranged to meet the seller tomorrow after work.
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I'm 6' and I ride 23" or 24" frames. Based on the little we know at the moment, I'd guess the bike will probably fit well enough, but it's a guess.
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I met the seller and had a look at the bike. Got to take it on a short parking lot spin. He said that he owned it since it was new, but having had 10 knee surgeries in the last three years, he no longer needed something like it. It's in good shape overall, the tires are nearly new and the wheels were true. I offered $100 and that was enough to complete the sale.

The top tube hits right at the crotch fork of my trousers. But starting and stopping, and mounting and dismounting didn't seem awkward or dangerous.
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The top tube hits right at the crotch fork of my trousers. But starting and stopping, and mounting and dismounting didn't seem awkward or dangerous.
Assuming the crotch of your trousers is a bit below your actual crotch, that is correct sizing for a vintage frame. The old way or sizing was to stand over the frame, and lift both wheels off the ground evenly (with your heels on the ground). Wheels should have some clearance from the ground. Typically one to two inches, depending on the time period.
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I have the same snug standover issue but then I remind myself I spend 98.97% of my time riding the bike which fits great and only about 1.03% standing over it YMMV

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