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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:36 pm 
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Location: Falkirk! But I am a Fifer so that's OK...
Another +1 for the 21" Hardrock (or Rockhopper), I've got a '97 that fits like a glove - height wise we're pretty similar (6'1", 32" leg) - possibly longer in the leg than yourself, but you can see from the pics in my sig link that the seatpost is pretty high. Anyway, rode it when I was 17st, and still ride it now I'm closer to 13 - no stress fractures so far :D

You can usually play about a bit with different stem lengths if you notice the cockpit feeling a little cramped (or stretched) without affecting the handling too much. I think the smallest size frame I'd personally go for is 19", although (as has been said) the top tube length is probably more critical than seat tube.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:48 pm 
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zigzag wrote:
Anyway, rode it when I was 17st, and still ride it now I'm closer to 13 - no stress fractures so far :D

Hmmm - thats good to know... Maybe I should just trust the Orange a bit more!

zigzag wrote:
You can usually play about a bit with different stem lengths if you notice the cockpit feeling a little cramped (or stretched) without affecting the handling too much.


The 130mm stem was bought yesterday! Hope that the 10mm extra will make all the diffs!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 4:56 pm 
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you should have shown face on sunday m8
we was in your woods
good few hours out

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:24 pm 
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Mikee, your not the man that once you were, first you buy a Spesh and now just a few posts back Lambert slags of GT's and you dont rise to the bait :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:27 pm 
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Thanks for the help everyone however just to confirm that I only have 30" inside leg.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:33 pm 
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velomaniac wrote:
Mikee, your not the man that once you were, first you buy a Spesh and now just a few posts back Lambert slags of GT's and you dont rise to the bait :shock:



That shows that the medication is working :shock:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 5:46 pm 
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velo
makes it worse that he's got a rockhard as well ,tho he does say its a
bit agricultural

gritted teeth :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:54 pm 
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mikee wrote:
velo
makes it worse that he's got a rockhard as well ,tho he does say its a
bit agricultural
gritted teeth :lol:


Aaargh - I do apologise for any hurt feelings! It was not the intention!

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Thanks for the help everyone however just to confirm that I only have 30" inside leg.


Bullpup - I asked my wife to measure my inside leg but she just gave me the suspicious eye and a snort. Can't help you there in terms of comparison. But like the other people on the forum said - you'll probably be best off with a 19"-21" frame...


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 11:34 pm 
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with 30 inch legs I would err towards an 18 inch frame but look for one with a longer toptube. 21inch would be like a road bike.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:11 pm 
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Well I gave the Bike Station a go yesterday afternoon - all very helpfull but nothing I really wanted in terms of ready to go Bikes so went to look at the frames. 2 or 3 potentials but nothing the right size until I spotted a Kona Fire mountain which looked the best choice. Unfortunately closer inspection showed the frame to have a hole in it so the trip looked a bust until one of the guys mentioned there was a bike going in todays Sale that might be right but if I was interested I would have to arrive early.

I arrived at 7.45 for a 10.30 opening and was only 8th in the queue ! By the time the doors opened there were over 50 people!!

I ended up with a nice Specialized Rockhopper Pro for a good price and while it may not be Retro, I am looking foward to giving it a good bash later on.

Thanks everybody for their help.

Can any one please point me in the direction of a good lube guide - many thanks


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