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Old 03-21-07, 08:34 AM
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standover height?

i was looking on REI...and the "standover height" for my novara bike is about 29.4" for a 15" bike and 30.8" for a 17" bike. for k2, the small bike (14-15") has a standover height of 28.3" and the medium bike (16-17") has a standover height of about 29.5". so essentially does this mean the 15" bike for novara is the same size as the 17" k2 bike????

im confused...isn't standover height what determines the overall bike size, since it is how tall the top tube is and therefore how much clearance you have between the top tube and your crotch and that is the test they use to size you to a bike? do bike sizes really differ that much depending on brand? that might be why everything is telliing me to get a 17 inch bike (my height, the saleperson) but i feel like the bike is too tall for me...
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Old 03-21-07, 09:11 AM
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The standover height on bikes can vary - but the MAIN size thing is (ignore my vocabulary here) the distance from the seat to the handlebars - reach? Put the two together (standover & reach) to arrive at a comfy fit. If you're reaching too far (as you had indicated in a different post) your back is goning to hurt. I would honestly suggest you visit a local bike shop (not REI, which is more a sporting goods store) and check out the different "fits" of different sized bikes. Tell them you're shopping. After you do this, you may have a better idea about trading your 17" in at REI for the 15" or not.
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Originally Posted by new2mtbiking
i was looking on REI...and the "standover height" for my novara bike is about 29.4" for a 15" bike and 30.8" for a 17" bike. for k2, the small bike (14-15") has a standover height of 28.3" and the medium bike (16-17") has a standover height of about 29.5". so essentially does this mean the 15" bike for novara is the same size as the 17" k2 bike????

im confused...isn't standover height what determines the overall bike size, since it is how tall the top tube is and therefore how much clearance you have between the top tube and your crotch and that is the test they use to size you to a bike? do bike sizes really differ that much depending on brand? that might be why everything is telliing me to get a 17 inch bike (my height, the saleperson) but i feel like the bike is too tall for me...
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Old 03-21-07, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by junkyard
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Seriously

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Old 03-21-07, 10:37 AM
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what exactly is test riding? do you get to bring it home or just ride around the store/outside store?
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Old 03-21-07, 10:46 AM
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At the very least let you test ride it around the store. Some older shops with a great rep "might" let you take it on a designated trail (thats a big might)...

we can talk to you all day about fit. But in reality, I like my fit signifigantly different than AP who likes it different than junkyard, who likely likes it different than you. Find a bike that suits how you want to ride, make sure it fits and buy it
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Originally Posted by new2mtbiking
what exactly is test riding?
At the least, most shops will let you take the bike for a spin in the neighborhood. After riding a few different sizes, brands, models, etc., you should be able to determine what you feel most comfortable on. You can then make some minor adjustments to taylor it more to your riding style once you've had some experience on the trail.

Just remember, standover isn't the only measurement you are looking at. In fact, I have less clearance than is often recommended on this site, but am comfortable on the bike. Might this put me in danger of knocking the fellas around a bit? Yes. My rememdy for that? Don't fall.
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Old 03-21-07, 12:53 PM
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Go test ride the bikes. Standover vary base on geometry. Depending on that, model, brand, a small frame can have higher standover then a medium one. This is normal
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