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    Long seat post good idea?

    OK I've searched and finally found a Kona Coiler that I wanted. I've ridden it a couple times and and upgraded some parts but now i realized that I need about two more inches to ride more comfortably. The current post is at it minimum insertion mark and am thinking about getting a (Thompson) 410mm post. Would the frame handle the stress? Or should I look for a medium (17") frame? I'm 5.9' 165 lbs and 15" frame.

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    If you're looking for 2 more inches on top of what's showing in the pic, I'm going to say you should move to a larger frame.

    I would also seriously consider a longer stem. If the type of riding you're doing is calling for a high seat position, you'll also benefit a lot from a more stretched out cockpit. If you could try out a 70/90 mm, I think you'll t like it.

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    Re: Long seat post good idea?

    Yeah a longer stem is next on my list. Can I run a longer stem with triple crown (clamp?) forks?


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