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Old 04-25-14, 10:09 PM
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Need help with a fitting issue.

I went ahead and purchased a GT Karakoram Elite 29er this morning. I test rode a small and a medium. I'm 5'7"-5'8".

The small seemed a bit crowded to me. It felt fine as far as the pedaling, but my arms seemed a bit crowded. I tried the medium and it was perfect. Arms felt great, great feel when pedaling, etc. The sales person also told me my arms appeared to bent on the small

When I picked the bike up, the guy told me "if you need the seat any lower, we'll need to cut the seat post." I didn't think anything of it at the time.

Now that I'm home, however, it's kind of been bugging me. The seat post is as low as it can go, apparently. That makes it about 1"-2" below the handlebars. I don't think it looks bad.

My question is, should I get the small instead? I called with my concerns and was told that I could bring it back and they would give me a small. Would I be able to have the seat post up higher with the small? Should I even care?

Thanks for any help. I just want to know I have the right fit, so I can start riding.
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Old 04-30-14, 08:57 AM
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I just ordered the same bike. When I test rode it, the salesman told me the same thing. I went with the large frame i'm 5-9.5.
The seat felt low all the way down to me, so I fell like Ill be fine. I think youll need to do a fit to see how it works out.

Found a quick guide, im sure a quick search will turn up more.

Enjoy it!! I cant wait!

Technique: Perfect mountain bike fit - BikeRadar

Keep in mind if your doing difficult trail, you may want to drop the post lower for descents, this is where it might be nice to shorten it.

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How do you know you need it lower on the medium? I bet you were running the seat too low and the inept salesperson didn't know any better. Most people run their seats too low. For a basic check of saddle height, put your heel on the pedal at it's lowest point so your leg is straight. Then when your forefoot is on the pedal, your leg will be slightly bent, the approximate proper position. Your height a med is probably fine especially if you have a long torso and or arms. I'd rather run a shorter stem on a medium that a longer one with my seat shoved way back on a small. BTW, if you do need to run the saddle lower, you can flip the stem so it's lower too (provided it was "up").
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