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bike sizing question- can i go smaller?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by nick.iodice, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. nick.iodice

    nick.iodice Chimp

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    im a bit taller than 6'1 and im trying to buy an Iron Horse Yakuza Kumicho type R (my first DH bike, but i have done some DH before). i will be riding mostly lift assisted DH at attitash and the surrounding mountains. most of the trails at attitash are tight, steep, and turny.

    will a medium (17") sized bike be too small for me? im having a hard time finding large, and i feel that the larger sized bike will be tougher to turn through the tight stuff i will be riding... any input is appreciated
     

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  2. denjen

    denjen Certified Lift Whore

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    I would say yes it would be to small. A friend of mine has a medium and I felt pretty cramped on it. I am 6' BTW
     
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    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    A lot of my friends with a bmx background prefer a smaller frame. It's all up to what feels best for you. I recommend checking out your lbs and test riding a medium vs large.
     
  4. nick.iodice

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    ^^what kind of bike was that??

    i will try and go to a bike shop and see what feels best though, but some more opinions would definatly help!
     
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    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    My friends were sizing out Specialized and Haro. Frame sizes among manufacturers are really different so feel out Iron Horse if that's the brand you want.
     
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    bdamschen Turbo Monkey

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    I've got a 19" kumicho R, and test rode a 17" prior to that.

    I'm 6'4" and the 17" didn't feel too bad in the parking lot... as long as you don't mind bashing your knees on the bars once in a while.

    the 19" fits perfect, I'd say hold out for the larger frame. Spending cash on your first DH bike and not having it fit right would be disapointing.

    BTW- where are you finding 17" kumicho Rs? It's about time for a new frame for my g/f...
     
  7. nick.iodice

    nick.iodice Chimp

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    thats just the kind of thing i was looking (and hoping) to hear! i will definatly try and get the large, but if i cant find anything untill the summer, i might just go for the medium. ill try and test-ride the bike before though

    i am finding the bikes mostly used online (pinkbike and bustedspoke.com both have some i think). i wish i could find them new, but everywhere near me and online doesnt have em! if you find anywhere, please PM me though, i would love to try and find a good deal on a new one.