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    Is my Fuel Ex 29 too tall for me?

    I'm most 5'7" and while standing over the top bar with my back against the seat I have 1/2" clearance before the jewels get laid to rest. The arms feels great and LBS cut 1" off the seat tube since it was too tall and fits fine riding. I feel I should trust them, but is 1/2" to little wiggle room?

    I have 17.5 size.

    Do I take it back? I've done 1 ride so far. Are they good about this stuff?

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    Is my Fuel Ex 29 too tall for me?

    You're fine. Stand over has very little to do with actual bike fit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    You're fine. Stand over has very little to do with actual bike fit.


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    After another look it's even less than 1/2" to none. I guess my fear is falling off and not having enough safety room. I'm a somewhat noobie so forgive me and just need some reassurance. I'd feel like a jerk bringing g it back to swap. Besides would a 15.5 to 16.5 be all that different at the top bar vs my 17.5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    You're fine. Stand over has very little to do with actual bike fit.


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    +1 on this mine touch and I'm on a large and I like riding an XL 21" even better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pkdawg View Post
    After another look it's even less than 1/2" to none. I guess my fear is falling off and not having enough safety room. I'm a somewhat noobie so forgive me and just need some reassurance. I'd feel like a jerk bringing g it back to swap. Besides would a 15.5 to 16.5 be all that different at the top bar vs my 17.5?
    It really don't matter if you have 1/2" or 6" if you fall off going into your top tube at any type of speed your going to land on your top tube..
    Best bet don't fall off onto your top tube if possible.

    Most likely if you do fall that way your going over the bars so no worries about a top tube it will be more of a face plant.
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    Is my Fuel Ex 29 too tall for me?

    Yes, they will have significantly shorter top tubes. Geometry on Trek's website.


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    I agree that the top tube to family jewels clearance is pretty far down the list of concerns as far as bike fit and performance. Even zero inches should be enough. If you need to plant forward of the seat, your other foot is typically on the pedal gaining you inches.

    Even with 4 inches, there will always be a trail situation somewhere that will force you to plant a foot low into a depression. But for almost any rider that causes a crash, not a gender change. I'd forget the top tube height and concentrate on the rest of the package. How was the ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adaycj View Post
    I'd forget the top tube height and concentrate on the rest of the package. How was the ride?

    The ride was great and felt just right. Just different at a stand still. I'm used to a rigid old beater 26" and size 18" that provided maybe 2-3 inches. That bike feels like a toy already after 2 days.

    Still learning.

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    When at standstill, lean the bike to either side and you will have plenty of clearance.

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