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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
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    Short rider, lots of toe overlap on 700c, 29er out of the question?

    I have a fatty, a 700c road, a 26" cargo, and a uni. I am 5'3" on a good day with a 28" inseam and I have clown feet(size 10.5 ladies). My 700c Colossal has quite a bit of toe overlap but since I am often riding road and going faster/wider turns, it doesn't often affect me to a concerning extent unless I need to turn sharply while pedaling, like say, around tight corners from a stop or up a hill hairpin turn.
    My last MTB was a 26 with a 15" frame back in the early 90s. I am looking at getting an MTB or Cross bike but the 29er thing concerns me with the slower speeds and frequent turns while pedaling, that a 29er to fit me would have some serious HT slack to prevent toe overlap. I like nimble singletrack rides, I mean, I have a roll over everything fatbike already.

    Should I just go 26er? Locally there is a Karate Monkey 29er on CL and a Ala Carte 26er both in my size and price range. Ideas?
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    You should test ride the different bikes before making a decision. I ride with a couple of smaller ladies that have 29ers and toe overlap isnt an issue for them.

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    Good plan. Riding the Monkey in an hour and the Ala Carte at 4pm.

    Rode the KM:
    Reach was good, SS setup was nice and fun, lighter bike than expected, no toe overlap. SO is close however, maybe 1/2" to 1" flat footed, both feet on concrete. Definately a strong maybe....SO is a bit concerning but my pugs has about the same SO once I air up my BFLs and yet I haven't killed myself dismounting on snow or mud. He gave me until this evening to decide.

    Will update when I ride the Ala Carte
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    Don't worry about SO unless you plan on doing a lot of S'ing O.
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    I'm on my 3rd 29er, but I only ride them cuz I am 6'1". Still not totally sold on it. If I was 5'3", I would ride 26". They roll over things a little easier and have a slightly bigger footprint, but they are like driving a truck vs. a car, IMO. I ride technical stuff, and would be uncomfortable with the small amount of SO you described.
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    Re: Short rider, lots of toe overlap on 700c, 29er out of the question?

    For me, I would definitely go 26er at that height. Lighter, more agile and many reports are more fun to ride. Probably a better deal on bikes since 29er hit right now.

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    The KM is $850, the Ala is $700(but he took off some goodies, so I am offering $500 instead). I liked the KM but think the ride is pretty similar to my pugs in summer mode so I might lean towards the Ala & 26er.

    I am heading out to ride the Ala right now, so in an hour or so, I should have my answer on ride.

    Edit: well, that was easy. The Salsa rode like crud and had been repainted with fingernail polish or something like that. My son's Next bike rode better but KM it is!!!! Sweet!
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