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    Bike size

    I have a Giant Iguana (haha) from a few years back. I think it's 19" frame size. When I turn sometimes, my toes catch the wheel. Is it to small of a frame or is a 19" frame a 19" frame? I'd like to upgrade but that's a whole nother tale.

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    How tall are you? My old Rockhopper was a 19 inch frame and fit me perfect at 5'11.

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    Are the balls of your feet in line with the pedal spindals? If not, are they too far forward on the pedal?

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    Might be a little short in the top tube . Does it feel like your a little upright when seated ?

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    I'm just worried this thread may go south fast with respect to foot size......dang-snap.....it just did....

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    5'9" tall.

    It's not consistent when it happens but it catches me off guard when it does.

    Are there shorter (?) frames?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karrack
    5'9" tall.

    It's not consistent when it happens but it catches me off guard when it does.

    Are there shorter (?) frames?



    A smaller frame will aggravate the matter , IMHO you need a frame with a longer effective top tube . @ 5'9" tall you might need a 17" frame but longer in front .

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    Thanks for the replies.

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    in some cases, you may just have to change your foot positioning accordingly b/c no matter the height or length of the frame, the wheels will always be 26" or 29", and you have to get a frame that fits.
    im 5'8", so i have to deal with the same thing but i just make sure when i turn sharp right, my left crank arms facing back and vice versa. just my $.02.

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    I'm only 5'7/5'8. What size would be good for me? Are sizes the same through different types of bikes ie. All mountain, XC, DH? Like there's XS, S, M, L, XL and then there are specific sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antares
    I'm only 5'7/5'8. What size would be good for me? Are sizes the same through different types of bikes ie. All mountain, XC, DH? Like there's XS, S, M, L, XL and then there are specific sizes.
    Sizes vary not just from manufacturer to manufacturer, but between different models by the same manufacturer as well. Say, recreational bikes tend to have shorter frames, than competitive bikes of same size.
    Besides, bike size is very much a personal preference. To 5'7"/5'8" height M (17-18") size must be the closest fit. I am 5'9" though and ride 20" with saddle moved back to the limit - for some reason, it feels convenient to me.

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