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 Post subject: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:53 am 
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'I no idea how i size a full sus bike out as I never work on them (people just don't seem to have them here) i ride bikes in the region of 22'' frames so how does it work as I keep getting told of a nice Kona stinky at 17'', :facepalm:


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 Post subject: Re: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:00 am 
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Got to throw your leg over it really I would say. My full sus is a 17.5 which Trek say means an actual of 16.5. I am 5ft 9 and it works perfect for me. Loads of standover and the right TT length too.


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 Post subject: Re: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:00 pm 
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Dead confusing isn't it. Its quite rare that people run really big frames these days, though I've just got my 6ft5 mate a bargain 21" entry level HT. My HT is a 17.5 but arguably I'm really a 19" in modern sizes. Ive not ridden my FS frame properly yet just a test ride, hardest thing was getting used to teh lay back and squish! but I think it's a 19", the front end is fairly short, and the rear a bit longer than HT's. Might be worth trying a few.


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 Post subject: Re: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:39 pm 
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Effective top tube length (ETT) is the important thing to get right, in my opinion.
How tall are you that you need a 22" frame??


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 Post subject: Re: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:19 pm 
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I'm 6'2'' and fairly long backed, long legged plus I have hurt my back so it's down to riding position. I ride all manner of bikes and all in slightly different sizes. time to go to a hire centre and 'ave a go at a few full sus bikes, then find a cheaper one. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:31 pm 
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Hire centre is actually a great idea.
I'm also 6ft2 depends how you want it to handle and what you want it for I guess. I'd convinced myself my bike was a bit small the other week till we met with a mates mates who were into downhill and stuff serious and they had really undersized their bikes for control, some had anyway.
Back issue I'd get it looked at, try some new exercise classes such as tai chi Pilates or yoga or mat exercises, unless it was an accident or something it can get better. Also relax on the bike, this advice comes from subtlety getting it wrong for years!


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 Post subject: Re: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:49 pm 
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Back injury was from a previous job, and my return to cycling has strengthened the muscle group in that area,and also my knees have improved massively as everything is held much stronger, yes flexibilty is good.


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 Post subject: Re: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:08 pm 
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If its any help...I ride a "large" 2008 Marin full suss. In inches from the centre BB to top of seat tube about 19". I am just shy of 6ft 4 and a long in the body rather than the legs! I have the seat up a fair way and a 110mm stem and its fits good...pic below of how it is set up for me:

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 Post subject: Re: full sus bike sizing
PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:02 pm 
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I came to the conclusion that a 19'' is what I would need, then I look at my '97 marin I.F.T. and think with a few tweaks there's a machine with high capabilities.


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