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Is she right for me?

Old 01-09-21, 03:52 PM
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Is she right for me?

I've never been into Mtn. biking but I needed to replace my early 90's Trek 800 which I ashamedly, haven't been maintaining it since purchased new. I also started a thread a while back about using a C&V bike for gravel riding and you all inspired me with your builds.

I saw this beauty online and it was reasonably priced, so I had to have it. Now, I have a habit of buying bikes with my eyes and not my brain, so I probably should have taken it for a longer test spin but it was in near mint condition, everything in working order and looked like someone bought it in 1999, rode it once and then never touched it again. Besides, I thought it would share the garage nicely with my Peugeot road bike.

Now I'm 5'11" and ride a 21" or 56 cm road bike comfortably. I do have road bike that's 20" which fits fine so I thought because this bike was 20" I should be good. I notice the clearance from the bottom bracket is pretty high so when I ride it, it feels like my knees don't really extend like they do on my road bikes. I have the seat extended so that when sitting on it, the balls of my feet can touch the ground, so don't think I can go much higher.

is this normal on Mtn. bikes? I get why the clearance makes sense, going along trails and getting over roots and rocks and such but it feels weird or is that just inexperience? i really like this bike and don't want to give it up.

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Old 01-09-21, 04:32 PM
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If the saddle height is right, you have a decent amount of seat post showing. Your mountain bike should be somewhat smaller than your road bike and this is smaller than the 56 you normally ride. I'd worry more about the right extension of the handlebars than the height of the bike at this point. Also do you like it with the saddle pointed down like that?

After reading the title, I'm glad you're just talking about a bike and not a significant other . . .
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
If the saddle height is right, you have a decent amount of seat post showing. Your mountain bike should be somewhat smaller than your road bike and this is smaller than the 56 you normally ride. I'd worry more about the right extension of the handlebars than the height of the bike at this point. Also do you like it with the saddle pointed down like that?

After reading the title, I'm glad you're just talking about a bike and not a significant other . . .
LOL, no not a S/O but still an important relationship. I was playing around with the seat before heading out on a ride and it was not comfortable. Initially it was too far the other way. If i keep the bike, the seat is going!
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For what it's worth, my ideal road bike size is 55cm C-T, and my mountain bike, a 19" = 48cm, fits me very comfortably.
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Thereís no reason you need to be able to touch the ground with your feet while on the saddle. Judge the saddle height by the distance from the pedals.
On easy terrain, the height is similar to a road bike - leg is nearly fully extended at the bottom of the pedal stroke.
On more technical terrain, itís common to lower the seat a bit more.
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