Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

Is this too small for me?

Notices
Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

Is this too small for me?

Old 11-24-08, 12:49 PM
  #1  
celerystalksme
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Is this too small for me?

So, I've been shopping for a mountain bike for 12 years...and I'm still shopping. Thinking about getting one of end of year frames that's on sale everywhere. Sizing is my issue. I test rode a Specialized Epic...size Small...it seemed fine. The LBS guys thought that would be a good fit for me.

I'm 5'5"...28.5" inseam. I used CompetitiveCyclists fit calculator. They put me on a 22.1" toptube. The Specialized Epic has a 21.8" toptube. Pretty close. 15.5" seat tube.

Well...I came across a nice Salsa El Santo frame in my price range. Except it's XS size. They call it a 14" frame...but the seat tube measures 16". And the horizontal/virtual toptube is 21.1"

Any thoughts? Will the Salsa be too small for me?

Thanks!
celerystalksme is offline  
Old 11-24-08, 01:02 PM
  #2  
dminor 
Moar cowbell
 
dminor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: The 509
Posts: 12,479

Bikes: Bike list is not a resume. Nobody cares.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 27 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
After 12 years, I'd say it's time to sh** or get off the pot.

Get the Epic and ride, ride, ride the wheels off it.
__________________

Originally Posted by Mark Twain
"Don't argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
dminor is offline  
Old 11-24-08, 01:14 PM
  #3  
celerystalksme
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by dminor View Post
After 12 years, I'd say it's time to sh** or get off the pot.

Get the Epic and ride, ride, ride the wheels off it.
i'm exaggerating, of course...i've been looking for a mountain bike for about a year, maybe not quite. but then i got consumed with spending on road and tri and cx stuff. but now i want a mtb again. but, i'd rather build it up slowly...which is why i want to get the discount frame and just start finding budget parts on clearance at stores/sites, ebay, cragslist, and cycling boards...

so i'm just trying to figure out if this el santo would be too small. any idea?
celerystalksme is offline  
Old 11-24-08, 02:03 PM
  #4  
adun111
Perpetual Noob
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 81
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Why don't you buy a complete bike so you can just start riding? You'll end up spending the same amount anyway.
adun111 is offline  
Old 11-24-08, 02:19 PM
  #5  
celerystalksme
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by adun111 View Post
Why don't you buy a complete bike so you can just start riding? You'll end up spending the same amount anyway.
i'm spreading too much money around right now. i'm upgrading my roadbike, tt/tri bike, and cx bike this winter. and i'm considering buy this mountain bike frame to start building up to have it ready by late late winter or early spring.
celerystalksme is offline  
Old 11-24-08, 02:21 PM
  #6  
kenhill3
use your best eye
 
kenhill3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Olympia, Washington
Posts: 3,050

Bikes: '75 Bertin, '93 Parkpre Team 925, '04 Kona King Kikapu, '05 Bianchi Vigorelli

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by adun111 View Post
Why don't you buy a complete bike so you can just start riding? You'll end up spending the same amount anyway.

............or even more.
__________________
"I tell you, We are here on earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you any different." - Kurt Vonnegut jr.
kenhill3 is offline  
Old 11-24-08, 02:22 PM
  #7  
born2bahick
Official Website Waterboy
 
born2bahick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 3,271

Bikes: a lot

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I Ride a Med Epic, 5'8" 150lbs. I don't recommend it for everyone though. No the El Santo won't be too small either. I imagine they will feel very different though.
*You ask a question only you can answer my son!*
born2bahick is offline  
Old 11-24-08, 02:31 PM
  #8  
celerystalksme
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 1,548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by born2bahick View Post
I Ride a Med Epic, 5'8" 150lbs. I don't recommend it for everyone though. No the El Santo won't be too small either. I imagine they will feel very different though.
*You ask a question only you can answer my son!*

interesting...why will they feel so much different? materials? geometry? something else?
celerystalksme is offline  
Old 11-24-08, 02:45 PM
  #9  
born2bahick
Official Website Waterboy
 
born2bahick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 3,271

Bikes: a lot

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just guessing mind you, but the Fuax bar rocker linkage, compared to the FSR, Horst/Brain setup. Didn't really look at geometry. I love My Epic But As I say I don't recommend it for everyone. It's not the best "All Round bike" I can use it that, way in Kansas, but I don't know where you are And I'm the first one to admit there are better all around trail bikes.
born2bahick is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.