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    riding position

    Ok, I think I might have made a HUGE mistake. I rode around a 16' a lil bit and thought that that was most comfortable because i can toss it around a lil more. I rode my old trek today though (which is a 16.5) and it was awesome on the trails i thought, but not so good on the street. It was kinda uncomfortable. So i'm just wondering if the 16" which would make me ride pretty straight up is going to be really uncomfortable? Does stretching you out more really help? I like my bike kinda small but I don't know if i should be strectched out more...i'm 5'9 about 30' inseam thanks guys

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    sorry for adding to an already long post, but I think it was mostly the saddle, but i think my question really is, is it more comfortable to be stretched out or my straight up?

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    It's usually a preference thing. Go with what feels right.

    However, straight up will make it a bit harder to climb due to the fact that you will have less weight over the front tire causing it to lose traction or even wheelie. Be sure to lean forward to counter this.

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    yeah it was probably mostly due to the saddle, but is there anything I can do to "lengthen" the bike...or at least give it a longer feel? I think it's just a difficult for me because i'm a decent height but i have kind of short legs...anywho ANY thoughts on this would be EXCELLENT

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    personal preference

    I grew up riding BMX and freestyle bikes. and I still like doing bunnyhops and stupid bike tricks. So I prefer the feel and manuverability of a smaller frame, and a more upright riding postion. I don't race or do extremely long rides often.

    I am 6'3" and ride a 19" frame. That is much smaller than most folks my height. I have to extend the seatpost quite high (had to get a 410mm Thomson), but for me, it works. I have short legs too in proportion to the rest of me: I wear a 34 inseam.

    It's very true what someone else said about being difficult to climb though. The bike tends to wheelie very easily on steep climbs. If I had to do it again, maybe I would get the 21" frame instead.

    I said all that to say this: It all comes down to personal preference. Ride a lot of bikes, borrow, rent, whatever you have to do. then buy the bike that feels good to you.

    As for lengthening the cockpit, make sure your seat is adjusted as far back as it will go - loosen the clamp and slide it all the way back. You may want to try a longer stem too. See if your LBS has any old stems sitting around that you can experiment with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DP1112
    sorry for adding to an already long post, but I think it was mostly the saddle, but i think my question really is, is it more comfortable to be stretched out or my straight up?
    Depending on preferences, and what you're doing.

    Fox XC stuff, probably a little bit more stretched might feel better, but for more riding where you need to maneuver more the bike, a more straightened up position might feel better.

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