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    29er's for short people too!

    I read a lot that 29er's are mostly suitable for taller people but I am 5'7 and have kind of short legs and I love mine. Even the sales guy at REI tried to steer me away from them. I have zero standover clearance but it doesn't bother me, at least not yet. Anyone other shorter folks out there riding the 29?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
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    That's good to know.

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    My wife and 2 of our friends all under 5'6" are riding 29ers with no problem. Our friends race and won't go back to 26".
    if you don't feel like riding, that's usually when you need it most

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOAB
    My wife and 2 of our friends all under 5'6" are riding 29ers with no problem. Our friends race and won't go back to 26".
    I really like the way they ride and I will probably only ride a 29er from now on.

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    I am 5"5'' and just bought a Specialized RockHopper 29er Comp with a 15" frame and have good standover. It has the best standover of the standard (non-custom build) production 29er's that I have found for shorter people.

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    my wife is 5'7 and just got a kona 29er with a 18 size frame. she really likes it and does not want to go back to a 26er.

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    For the record, Marin and Novara 29ers at REI tend to have pretty tall top tubes. The sales guy at REI may not have known that there are other 29ers that offer better standover clearance.

    I have a GT Peace 9r and Vassago Bandersnatch, both of which are pretty generous in the top tube clearance area.
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBIkid
    For the record, Marin and Novara 29ers at REI tend to have pretty tall top tubes. The sales guy at REI may not have known that there are other 29ers that offer better standover clearance.
    I agree. Rather lose the sale by saying bike 'X' will fit, they'll sell you a bike they already have in-store.

    One of my best buds is shorter than you and he fit it fine when loaned him my Redline MC29er for a ride

    Check out other LBS's and test ride other manufacturers before saying no to 29ers.
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    You think you're too short for a 29er? About 5'1" here and building up a small Niner Air 9! I sorta got into the 29er thing very recently and more on a whim when I was looking for a 700c hybrid bike. This whole bigger wheel thing got me looking at 29er bikes. I haven't really had a chance to ride a real 29er MTB but have tried a couple of 700c bikes with the same measurements as the Air 9. There didn't seem to be such a big difference, and I really didn't feel like the bikes were big at all. One even had a nice standover height! The ones I tried had a 70-75mm stem with seat posts that had a small setback, so fit wasn't all that great though nothing a smaller stem plus handlebar with a bigger back sweep can't fix for a better fitment.

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    2008 and 2009 Stumpjumper 29er's

    One of the smallest stock 29er frames out there, believe me I checked around. My wife is 5'2" with a 70mm stem, it fits perfect and still has standover height. Built with a reba and Stans ZTR race wheelset, comes in at 20lbs without a chain, cog, or pedals (on order). Standover is just under 28".

    All the women Gary Fisher team riders are on 29ers now too, that speaks volumes when they could ride 26'ers....that is until next season when Fisher goes only 29er's
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    i have a rx29er and mach429,Iam 5'7'' no shoes on a good day,I havnt had any issues.my inseam is 29''
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    Just bought a (new to me) IF Steel Deluxe 29er

    Any of you guys have toe lap issues? First thing i noticed yesterday while riding down the street for a test ride.

    PS. I'm 5'6"!

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    GT Zaskar 9r at 5'8, I ride a small but had to lengthen the stem 10mm.
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    From a kiddy wheel riders' point of view A 26er zealot would remark
    You all lie! you can't enjoy riding a 29er unless you are over 6'- no way. The proportions of 26er are ideal so 29er puts them off. Why would you ride a bike the proportions of which are different than commonplace&widely spread 26er? Besides 29ers are too heavy for you= you can't enjoy them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrook15
    I read a lot that 29er's are mostly suitable for taller people but I am 5'7 and have kind of short legs and I love mine. Even the sales guy at REI tried to steer me away from them. I have zero standover clearance but it doesn't bother me, at least not yet. Anyone other shorter folks out there riding the 29?
    I'm 5'4 and have been enjoying my GF Ferrous 29 for almost a year now and love it.
    Standover should not be an issue on the right bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrook15
    I read a lot that 29er's are mostly suitable for taller people but I am 5'7 and have kind of short legs and I love mine. Even the sales guy at REI tried to steer me away from them. I have zero standover clearance but it doesn't bother me, at least not yet. Anyone other shorter folks out there riding the 29?
    She's 5'3" and loves it. She had her first three rides this week over 2 hours long each. Now it's snowing again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixie_cragger
    Just bought a (new to me) IF Steel Deluxe 29er

    Any of you guys have toe lap issues? First thing i noticed yesterday while riding down the street for a test ride.

    PS. I'm 5'6"!
    Are you using flat pedals?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    My wife's 5'6" and one ride on my medium Niner and she want's to sell her 26" mtb.

    She says it feels very comfortable and (though I am biased) the bike does fit her well and she looks good on it.

    It's going to be a good spring and summer

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    5'7" - I ride a small Vassago and a medium Turner.
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    anyone know what size GT peace 9r SS I should get if I am 5'8'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    anyone know what size GT peace 9r SS I should get if I am 5'8'?
    I'm 5'6" and went with a medium. I have a 32" inseam though so standover isn't a problem for me. I generally tend to like a longer top tube also. So YMMV.
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    canfield nimble 9. there were really short people at interbike riding it. i forget her name but one woman was riding it and i don't think she's north 0f 5'5''. it would fit you.

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    Just 5' 3 1/2" on a small Gary Fisher Paragon. Love it!

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    I'm 5'6.5 and i ride a small Rockhopper 29er SS.


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    5'7" myself and:
    • I ride a small Lenz Leviathan for most of my dirt adventures.
    • I commute and do occasional dirt adventures on a custom 29" Vulture.
    • I started into the 29" thing back in 2003 (yes, 2003) with a 16" Karate Monkey, stolen 2 years ago, but legally still my property so technically I own three 29"ers.
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    29er for 5'4"

    I've been riding a Gary Fisher Rig (SS) small frame for 2 years now. The two other 26" bikes I have that each cost 2.5x what I paid for the Rig have seen zero rides since the purchase of the Rig. Lots of twisty single track around here; the Rig eats it up.

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    5'6" w/a ~29" inseam and ride a 15" Monocog, no issues at all. Fits just like my 17" Homegrown did in terms of standover/top tube length. If you are short you will neve have much standover no matter what the bike (unless maybe custom).
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    Just got a Windsor Cliff 29R Pro in the Small (17") frame size. The standover is a bit tight for me at 30.9" and me standing at 5'8" with a 31" inseam. I would have bought an XSmall, but they didn't have any in stock. BUT, it's totally comfortable to ride and with one foot on the pedal it's just like any other MTB I've ridden.

    Actually, it's better. I noticed that I was going faster downhill, carrying more speed uphill, and had more disregard for obstacles in my path. It was much easier to just pick a line and let the bike do most of the work. Even a riding buddy commented that I was moving quite a bit faster on the climbs! I figured if anything the 29er would be slowing me down climbing...but the opposite is true. So at least in my experience the 29er is a great choice for the small rider!

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    My little lady at 5'3" has two 29ers and one 700c

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    Achieving low bar height can be a challenge for shorter 29er riders

    I'm 5'7" and ride a medium Tallboy. It fits me well, although it took a little work to get the bars as low as I like them relative to the seat - I had to get a 16° stem, flip it, remove the spacers, and switch to a flat bar. Even so, bars are just a bit higher than I'd like, but it's close enough. The only concern I have is that the bars won't clear the top tube during a crash that causes them to whip around.

    So if you like your bars at or below seat height, this can be a challenge to accomplish for shorter riders on some 29er frames. Otherwise, I see no reason shorter riders can't make 29ers (with current geometry) work for them. I've only been on mine for 3 weeks but I love it!
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    What up? I just wanted to throw this out there. Better late than never. Anyhow, my girlfriend and I expiremented with my S (17" w/ 585 mm TopTube) fuji Tahoe Pro 29er (reba x9/x7) over the long Thanksgiving weekend. This was my bike and fit me pretty well and I am 5'9.5" with longer legs and longer arms. I had a 110m stem and 10mm set back seat post on it. I was on the bigger end of this bike, but I was comfortable on it. My GF has been riding a small (14") 26er hardtail with some decsent components. However, she has been very curious about the 9er world. I was looking at buying a small 9er so she can give it a try, but that will be a loss for me if it didn't work out. Well, on to the expierement, we ended up getting a new 60mm stem and zero set back setpost for the Fuji. I set the reach and saddle height very similar to her 6er. Man, I was very freakin surprised how small the bike looked after I replaced those parts.. I couldn't believe it was my bike!! We dialed in the fit, and we went on a 15 mile rocky trail ride with some good drops and short bursty climbs. She cleared all of it with ease. She stated that she had never made it all the way through the trail without unclipping on her 6er. Then, this past Sunday, we did a little tougher trail ride with some steady steep climbs and rocky technical areas scattered throughout the trail. She rocked it.. I was behind her at one point just to see how she handled and looked on the bike. She looked in control and she looked very stable. Plus the bike did not look too big for her at all. We even ran into an old buddy on the trail and he said that the bike looked like it fit her well. Not to mention, she was a lot faster on this 9er than she was on her 6er. When we ride, we ride at a pretty good pace. Well, she was right there with us pretty much. When she was on the 6er, we were waiting a lot more longer at the stop points. After the ride, she was very happy. She loved the bike and the ride. The only place she felt less control was on the fast swoopy, sharp curvy, downhill sections of the trail. She will get this down though after a month or so, I am sure. She was able to climb easier and decsend faster on the long rocky techy areas. Plus, she was less fatigued during the ride. (we did over 20m). My GF is 5'1" with out shoes and has 29.5" inseam. When she is on the bike, she has plenty of standover clearance. She is happy, so I gave her the bike. She was thinking about going FS 6er, but not anymore. She love the feel of the 29er. I don't blame her, that is what I felt like when I rode one for the 1st time. Sorry for the long post, but I just wanted to give examples here. We will be going on a 30+ mile trail ride this weekend. I am sure she will do great and have fun.

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    5'4'' on a 15.5 (Sm) Niner EMD 2012

    I just recently got done building up this small Niner EMD for my girlfriend.

    She absolutely loves it!

    Its in the shop right now got get those long @ss cables shortened
    and sits at 23.2lb.
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    Sweet looking build dude!! I'm talking abou the bike BTW, hahaha jk. Yeah, that is a nice bike man. Yeah, we are looking at getting a new frame too. I beat the Fuji frame up and it would be nice to get my GF into a new smaller frame. However, it is wierd, that Fuji frame fits my GF really well. I don't know, bike fit is wierd, haha. I will post some pics up shortly here of her and the Fuji. She is definitely staying with an HT. So we been looking at some steal frames (Vassago, Voodoo, and Salsa), and alum frames (old generation EMD, and Air9). I think she is leaning towards the steel frames though. We will see what we get. Those new Niner HT frames are nice though.

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    I am 5'4" male with a Motobecane pro 29 sl. no problems at all.
    see my post in Motobecane.

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    MJC... I currently ride a Salsa Selma (Small), but I am pretty sure the fit will be the same even if its an El Mar. I am 5'9'' and use a 90mm stem, straight post. Those frames run long, and probably won't fit well. I also have a 29.9 standover and there is contact...not uncomfortably close, but its there.

    I don't sip the juice, but Specialized just came out with a Women's specific 29er called the "Jett". Its suppose to have a little bit more dialed geo for women.

    The setup I have for my girlfriend's bike was with a 50mm 6deg stem, but with wide bars, (wide for her) probably around 630mm after being cut down...they are also low rise.

    This may get a little long winded, but I have spent quite a lot of time thinking and working with my girlfriend to get the fit right.

    The 3 bikes I would consider is:
    Niner (geo remain accurate through the models)
    Misfit Psycles Dissent ( I will be envious...I want one)
    Specialized Rockhopper/Carve/Jett

    For Steel, your selection are less substantial.
    Niner SIR or MCR. The rest are going to be pretty big GEOs

    Particularly you want to look for an Effective Top tube that is sub-590mm, and seat tube at or sub 400mm.

    Obviously standover is important and you want to look at realistic measurements. Niner rates GEOs for both an 80mm and 100mm fork. You can see the similarities between brands for both.

    Oh by the way, I was down in Tuscon 2 months ago! Tons of fun! I got to ride quite a lot of Arizona...man am I jealous of what you guys have out there!
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    One thing you want to be sure you check is where the standover height is measured. Most manufactures dont tell you that and if you are trying to compare differant bikes, you may have a problem. Some measure mid TT, some 50mm from BB center. I think many want to hype up low standover at times.

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    SALSA MAMASITA---------------------------------------------Giant XTC

    16/SM---------------------------------------------------------------- 16/SM

    ST - 406.4/16-----------------------------------------------------406.4/16"
    ETT - 580/22.8-----------------------------------------------------569/22.4"
    CS - 450/17.7-----------------------------------------------------440/17.3"
    WB - 1082/42.6--------------------------------------------------1062/41.8"
    SO - 729/28.7-----------------------------------------------------724/28.5"
    HA - 71----------------------------------------------------------------71
    SA - 73.5-------------------------------------------------------------73
    BB - 307/12.1--------------------------------------------------------1.9"

    I am 5'6 1/2" and struggled with choosing a frame. The Giant had the shortest ETT. I chose the XTC in carbon size MED and use a 80mm stem
    Reasons:
    1. The Geo fit me near perfect. It is really good for XC. Short CS, SA puts you farther towards the rear for better climbing. The head tube is also shorter to help get the fron end down.

    2.The bike handles great. Geo has everything to do with it. Climbs great, handles the tight stuff fine, and descends well.

    3. The price. Giant is hard to beat

    I looked at all the makers, and to get the ETT I wanted, I would have needed a 15-15.5 frame. I did want my seat extended too far and risk breaking my post or damaging the frame.
    Stand over is not as important as the ETT. You aslo need to go test ride any bike you can.

    Also, The Orbea Alma is nearly identical to the Giant as far as Geo.
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    @ Ilan123, my middle son name also Ilan as well. I am also from Israel, now living in USA.
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    I was wondering about the bike vs my size at 5'10

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    @dubdryver - Dude, I noticed that the steal frames run a little longer with the effective top tube. The Fuji has a 585 and my gf has about a cm to play with either - or +. Especially with that 60mm stem we put on. She could have even went with a 70mm stem. Right now with the zero set back seatpost, the seat is all the way back as far as it can go in order to get her reach right. I don't like the seat that far back because I think she is lossing some important pedal power. I will have to play with the saddle height a bit to see if I can get the seat a little more forward or order another stem (70mm). Now that you mention Salsa, they just came out with an XS frame for the El Mar. It has only a 565mm ETT and 356 ST length. It looks like it is for the small folks. It comes in that light blue color and bright green. Pretty nice looking frames. Salsa Cycles | Bikes | El Mariachi 2

    Yeah, we have been looking at a lot of niner options as well. Yeah, I don't like to sip the juice either, haha, but she does like those specialized 9ers. If we had the funds, she would probably get the Fate. Man, that is a nice fast bike I bet. Yeah, I hear you man, I usually spend a lot of time on her fit on all her bikes (road/mtn).

    Yeah, TUC is great. I love it hear.. Been here all my life. Some killer a$$ trails here. And they are all so close by.. Not to mention some kick a$$ road biking too. Great place for biking of all sorts.. Plus we meet some cool people out here on the trails and on the road.. Dude, I am jealous.. You have a Cervelo S2 and the almighty Tallboy.. I hear nothing but bad a$$ about the tallboy.. One day I will have one. My spearfish is no slouch, however, hahaha.

    @Mucky - Dude, I agree with eveything you say about the Giant XTC Composite. My GF would also agree. That is what got is started on this whole 29er thing for my GF. Giant had a kick a$$ demo here a few weeks ago in Tucson at a local Trail (Fantasy Island) where you can trail ride all there high end bikes. We tested the Antham X zero and the XTC 0 and we fell in f***ing love with the xtc. Dude, I have never riddin a bike that fast. Exactly, the GEO was spot on for me in a Medium. My GF rode a Small and she said it felt good. She loved it. I loved it too. I was climbing in the big ring will planted on the saddle, with ease. That thing is just crazy fast.. A rocket.. I wish I could've took that thing on a 40 mile ride. Man, that handling, stability, and speed were just awsome on this bike. As for the Anthem X, that was a bad a$$ machine too. Very fast and very sharp for an FS niner. Very solid fast bike. I have to say, it was faster and sharper than my spearfish. However, that thing cost $4500.. My GF liked the Antham, but not as much as the XTC. She said the antham small felt harder to push along and felt a little bigger than the XTC small. Anyhow, this was an awsome day. We were stoked to be railing on $3k plus bikes, hahaha. We were able to ride them as long as we wanted to too. Very cool. Giant definitly did a good job at planting seeds in the ol' noggins this day..

    Man, yeah, in a perfect world, I would have one of those XTC zeros and a SC Tallboy.. Who am I kidding, I would also have nice steel, titanium, aluminum 29er as well. All in my garage waiting to be ridden, hahaha. I am sure the SC High Ball is fun one too.. Man, too many bikes out there and I want to ride them all, haha.

    @Cigarlover - if you are refferring to the Giant XTC or any other 29er in general and your height of 5'10", then try it. You will not be sorry. I am 5'9.5" and the niners are great. I had 3 and just gave one to my GF. I have a spearfish and a GF rig SS. I love both bikes and I really enjoy ridding them both. I even enjoyed my Fuji (The one I just gave to my GF). I liked my Fuji so much, I upgraded the compenents. Out here in the rocky desert, the niners shine.. Give it a shot man, you will not be sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Man View Post
    One thing you want to be sure you check is where the standover height is measured. Most manufactures dont tell you that and if you are trying to compare differant bikes, you may have a problem. Some measure mid TT, some 50mm from BB center. I think many want to hype up low standover at times.

    mojo
    I agree Mojo. With my experiance, I truely do not know what the SO height is like until I am actually over the bike. I have seen some bikes state the the SO height is 27 and the tube is right there under my stuff and I have a 33.5 inseam. I am like "this isn't no 27 inches!" Then I have seen a measurement state 31 or 32, and it is a heck of lot lower when I am over the bike. I am sure this goes the same for the TT measurements as well. I have learned to lean more towards the ETT length vs the SO height. In all actuality, as riders we always tend to unclip and drop to that side anyways, allowing us to add even more clearance between us and the top tube. Plus, when I take a spill it is usually "falling to the side because I am to stuborn to unclip" or over the bars, hahaha. IMO, I think when we ride clipped in, in a way, it alieviates that SO height issue. Just my thoughts..

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    5'9", 30" inseam, riding a medium Rip9. Love it so much that I will never go back to a 26er. Sold the 26er to a friend and plan to build up another 29er. Most likely a Jet 9.

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    My wife's short (5' 2.5") and is on a 15.5" 2012 S-works Hardtail for next season. Seems to really like it so far. 18.3lbs with normal tires, pedals, and a bottle cage.



    Have since switched to a black E13 chain guide and ESI grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubdryver View Post
    I just recently got done building up this small Niner EMD for my girlfriend.

    She absolutely loves it!

    Its in the shop right now got get those long @ss cables shortened
    and sits at 23.2lb.
    You can't kid us. You just posted that picture to show us how good looking your GF is, and she is. BTW, nice bike.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    @MJC.. I didn't know they made an El Mar in an XS. Pretty awesome if you ask me! If you could pick up that bike/frame..that would be a very good option for sure!

    @CS2.. Guilty, but they both look good, and good together! Thx!!
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    Just a bit over 5'4" , here is my 15.5 Fly Team 29 ti.
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    My GF and her Fuji (temp)

    Here is a pic of my 5'1" GF and her 17 inch Fuji Tahoe with 60mm stem and zero setback seatpost. She has been rolling it without any issues. I think I got the fit dialed in. Might need a some saddle adjustments as she gets more miles, or maybe not. Also, I still need to cut down the steer tube. She is doin really well on the trails with this bike. I think it is because this bike as a smaller eff top tube for a 17" (585mm). I will still pick her up a new smaller frame pretty soon. We hit the 24 hr trail up by Catalina, AZ this past Sunday enjoying the cold weather, haha.
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    what an amazing backdrop
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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