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    Opinion please?

    Hi I'm kind of a newbie here, and to mountain biking, but I love it. I chose to write a research paper on it for my engineering class. More specifically, I'm going to design the ideal mountain bike for people less that 5 and a half feet tall. I some resources and opinions on what components make up the ideal mountain bike. So, what components do you think make the best bike? Meaning hard tail, brakes, tires, lightweight frames, etc. Links to other sites that could give me some info are also much appreciated thanks!

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    Giant Reign 0 2013 frame, all with XX1 components and X0 brakes, Maxxis Minion DHR 26", Rockshox Pike RCT3 150mm and Monarch Plus RC3 on the rear, Rockshox Reverb dropper seatpost, that's pretty much my dream bike, and it would come just under 30 lbs, hope this helps
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    ill take a carbon Santa Cruz Nomad with XTR components, Fox Talas 36 160mm fork, High Roller 2 2.35 tires, Easton carbon bars, Thomson stem, Reverb dropper post, and DT wheels

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    Little tiny ones, like 140mm disc brakes, 165mm cranks, 480mm handlebars, 1.8" tires, 24" wheels.

    Ok, 5 and a half feet tall is fairly average and nothing special is needed. Not sure what your design criteria is, lots of bikes are already like this, even 29ers work fine for that height.

    Now, if you're talking less than 5 feet tall, then we might have some necessary differences.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    unfortunately there is no ideal mountain bike. different bikes do different things better. But I can say there is are alot of engineering principles that go into many of the different parts. but you might have to narrow it down. for instance the evolution of the rear suspension has tons of research and theory and application. or the evolution of valving in front fork. dampening oils, adjustments, spring types. maybe the effectiveness of different geometries for different applications. or even tire design, their are tons of compounds and knob designs. beads and tpi casing type application. you would be surprised at the mounds of evolution in these parts.

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    2013 Specialized SE if you're talking REALLY beginner bike. I have one I ride around town and the logging roads, and it takes two foot drops without much issue. I think it's a 15in frame and it rides beautiful on smoothish stuff. Possibly the most comfortable (if not capable) bike I've ever ridden. I'm 5'5" and 120lb. Hope it helps!

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