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    18" vs 20" Frames (hardtail mountain bikes)

    Is 18" too small for tall riders (6ft+)...... 34" Inseam???

    I want to be able to jump and control the bike.. but i want to be able to go on long rides too, any help please!!

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    Try one out and see if you like it. If it's too small, you can get a larger frame, or get a longer stem and/or move your seat back on a smaller frame. I'm shorter than you, 5' 10", and I ride a 19" because I like the stretched out feeling more. A 17" that I tried felt too cramped for me.
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    Yeah ride it and see what is more comfortable.
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    I too am over 6'. At 6'3" i was put on a 22" bike. LOVE the feel. I don't feel cramped. I read in a similar post today that guys our height should not be looking at anything less than 18.5".

    Try 'em out .... not 22" frames have the same feel.

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    I'm 6'3" and am currently on a 17" Kona hardtail. Its great for urban riding and screwing around, but I'm looking to upgrade to a 19-20" frame soon. Test ride a 17 and a 20 back to back and you'll feel the difference.

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    Hey thanks for your help everyone!

    Im gonna try out both the 18 and 20.... but from what I gather il prob end up going with the 20!!!


    Good to see theres people out there that are willing to give there 2 cents!! thanks again!

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    I'm 5'11" and am on a 20" frame. I ride really problem free (despite having a bad back I've had no pain there at all) but need to adjust the geometry a little. Most are telling me the bike is a little too big but it feels great to me.

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    6'1" - previously rode a 19" Specialized. Felt a bit small, like I was always hanging out over the wheel. When I bought my FS I got a 21" Gary Fisher. It feels a bit big sometimes but mostly in a confidence inspiring way. It can be hard to flick the bike around but maybe that's partially the suspensions fault since I can hop my cyclocross bike around and it's taller with a longer cockpit, much lighter and shorter wheelbase though..

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