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Old 03-26-07, 02:34 AM
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small frames

I personally am I fan of small frames. I'm 6'2 and have a 34ish" inseam. I've been looking into building/purchasing a new ss rig (I do not want a 29er) and found IRO cycles. The Mia frame. I have no idea if these are good bikes or not (please also comment if you have knowledge of or experience with them). Anyway. I was thinking that the 18 and 16" frames aren't that different, spec-wise. Are they really much different? Will the 16" feel too small, even for me? I don't have the experience of owning many bikes of different sizes, so I was hoping some of you might be able to chime in. Here are the specs for the bikes, by the way.

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Old 03-26-07, 06:51 AM
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i would say you need a 20''. you should look at redlines ss mountain bikes the paint jobs that the bike on their site suck but i was looking at some at the lbs and they were amazing
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Old 03-26-07, 07:36 AM
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I'm about 6'2" as well, but I much prefer a bike that fits. Something around 19 or 20 inches would be great. I rode a 15 inch frame for a short period of time (it was a dirt jumper) and it felt incredibly cramped. I suppose it all boils down to your riding style.

I just purchased a Salsa Juan Solo ss, but I was looking at the Mia. The Mia looks like a great bike. I was hard pressed to choose between the Redline Monocog and the IRO Mia. In the end, I only went with the Salsa because I got a good deal on it.
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thanks for the responses, guys! I've also been looking at the monocog, but can't find any good deals on the non-29er. But yeah, most people would say I should be on a 19" or 20" frame; my frame at home is a 19.5" and it just feels way too bulky. I prefer a more nimble ride.
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Old 03-26-07, 08:02 AM
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Top tube length is more important overall than seat tube length. If your TT is too short/too long, you end up running longer/shorter stems to compensate, and end up with a not ideal fit ride sometimes. Measure the TT length of your current ride to compare to the IRO to see. If it's in between sizes, I'd tend to go towards the smaller of the two.

Especially go towards the smaller if you like to throw the bike around underneath you, do any trials-y stuff with it, etc. I tend to ride with a lot of body english, and move the bike around a lot; small frames work for me for that way better than what the various "fit formulas" say I should be riding. Riding the larger sizes that I "should" be on, I always feel way too stretched out.
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Old 03-26-07, 10:43 AM
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i'm 5'11" and i run a 17" frame. i like it becasue it's easier to throw around and move your weight about on.
17" is the limit for me though, any smaller and it'd be too cramped.
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Originally Posted by bikerboyd
thanks for the responses, guys! I've also been looking at the monocog, but can't find any good deals on the non-29er. But yeah, most people would say I should be on a 19" or 20" frame; my frame at home is a 19.5" and it just feels way too bulky. I prefer a more nimble ride.
$159, can't beat that with a stick: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/15723-175_REDMC7-0-Search--/Redline-Monocog-Frame-w_-Fork-'07.htm
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Originally Posted by rea1high
i'm 5'11" and i run a 17" frame. i like it becasue it's easier to throw around and move your weight about on.
17" is the limit for me though, any smaller and it'd be too cramped.
I'm 5'11" as well, and I ride a 17" [rigid] and 17.5" [HT]. Based on inseam, I could easily ride a 20" bike, but the reach to the bars would be too far. It might look a little funny to have 10" of post sticking out of the frame, but it works.
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I'm 6'3'' with a 34'' inseam as well.
I had a 21'' Rockhopper that felt like it was built for my body (stock config). I recently rode a 19'' monocog and can definitely say that as a whole, Monocogs are pretty flickable machines. If you can get your hands on a monocog, I'd give a properly fitted one a swing before you make any decisions about downsizing.
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Old 03-27-07, 02:06 PM
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I'm 6'3" and technically a 35" inseam (they don't make jeans in this size). I prefer a large fit. I ride a 22" Karate Monkey and previously a 23" Giant Yukon (these have shorter top tubes). My bet is that for a proper XC fit you should be on the 20". But since you prefer a small fit, you should try one size lower which is an 18".

Seriously it's an XC bike, do you really want to go 2 sizes too small? Are you going to be dirt jumping or riding trials on this thing or do you want to pedal it efficiently?
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Old 03-27-07, 02:46 PM
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Make sure that when you are comparing sizes that you compare apples to apples. Some manufacturers measure from center of the top tube to center of the bottom bracket (c-c). Others will size from the top of the seat tube to the center of the bottom bracket (c-t). If you frame at home is a 19.5 c-t, and you feel its too big, you might want to try the 16, other wise i would say to try the 18. if its 19. 5 c-c, then i would go for the 18 at the smallest.

I with you though on liking smaller frames. I'm 6'4" and ride an 18" c-c frame. See if you can find a similiar geometry bike at a bike shop or through a friend and go give it a try just to make sure that you're not going too small. Too small becomes a burden b/c you will be cramped like it was said above.
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