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Old 04-23-08, 06:46 PM
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Trek 4500 in a "tall" frame?

Somebody locally here is selling a Trek 4500 he claims is a "tall" frame and it measures 24" and is meant for people around 6'6". Trek's site says 6'2" riders need a 21/22 and 6'3" riders needs 22/25 (MB/Hybrid)

Two questions:

1: Is there such a thing as a frame being "tall" or is he just referring to the fact that the 24" frame is made for taller people?

2: I'm 6'2" with a 35ish inseam. Is this bike going to be too large for me? I could get a great deal if it will fit. Yes I know I need to go try it out to know for sure but I don't want to make the trip if there isn't a chance it's even going to work.

Any input would be much appreciated.
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Old 04-23-08, 07:10 PM
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1: He meant that it's a large frame for tall people...

2: There's a slight chance, but 24"' sounds like it will be too big.
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Old 04-23-08, 07:27 PM
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24" is a huge frame. I have a 21.5 and I am only 5'8" and I come close to killing the 'twins' alot so I sold it. I need a 17 or 18. That frame should be good for you.
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Old 04-23-08, 08:35 PM
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if it is a great deal it is worth it to try it, based on your size i would say it would be close 35" is a pretty good inseam. i ride a 19.5 with 32" so you would probably want the 22.5" but the 24 might work.
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Old 04-23-08, 08:56 PM
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The 24" frame has a stand over height of 35" and you have an inseam of 35", I think it might be too big. You would probably be more suited to a 21" or a 22.5" frame.
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Old 04-24-08, 08:18 AM
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I'm 6'4" with a 35" inseam. I have a 23" Rockhopper. It fits me great! It's big! I'm wondering if he got the 24" number from a sticker on the frame, because he's the original buyer, or if he took a tape measure and measured it. 24" seems awfully big, but maybe his measuring technique is a little different than Specialized's. If it were me I'd go look at it, especially if it's a good price.
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Old 03-20-09, 05:09 AM
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Trek 4500 24'' Frame

I bought mine in Oct08 the 2009 version in the 24'' Frame in UK cost 350. Yes it is a 24'' frame with a standover height 35'' rising front end of frame to 37''. I personally like a more upright riding position so have the saddle slightly below handle bar level(eases pressure on my back!). I am personally not too hung up on if a frame is too big or too small it is more important your riding style, the type of riding you will be doing and where you will be riding it and that YOU feel comfortable on it.
What I find great about this bike is the responsiveness and comfortability. It is happy both offtrack and on the road and the gearing range covers all possible needs. The only downside is the soft tyres which I have upgraded as they puntured very easyily.
My height 5' 10'' inseem about 34'' so when I dismount the frame is snug but certainly not uncomfortable.
You will always here the old carrot 'what if you fall off you need frame clearance'. Wheather you have 7 inch clearance or very little the same problem insues, you still have to avoid injury.
I have not done any injury to myself and have ridden my bike regularly over all types of ground and come off a few times!
Hope this reassures you and others who have any concerns with larger frames.
Yes it did sound a good buy.
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Old 03-21-09, 11:58 AM
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i got a trek 4500 and i ride the 21" frame ... i am 6"3
i think that frame is wayy too big for you dont even bother going to see it
you should get a 21" if you do mostly city driving and commuting
but if you plan on using it for mostly trails i would try the 19" and the 21' and see which one feels better off road.
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