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Thread: wrong size bike

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    wrong size bike

    Hello,
    I got the 2000 stumpjumper fsr xc pro from my friend he just moved out of town for a new job. The bike size is 19" and I am only 5'5. Does it help if I get a shorter stem and lower the seatpost? If I replace the frame to small or medium size, where I can find it? I been look around ebay and local craiglist but couldn't find it. The bike and components is very good condition, he mainly use it around the campus.

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    Sell it and buy a bike that is the correct size for you.
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    You could probably get away with a shorter stem on a 17" frame, but a 19" is too big. I am also 5'5, and I like riding mediums because I like using a short stem.

    I would suggest looking into purchasing just a frame, removing the components from the bike you got from your friend, and selling that frame on eBay. It may take a while to find what you're looking for on there, but eventually what you want will pop-up.

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    Sell it. On ebay it can be worth 700-1000$. For such money you can buy a new good bike.

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    I'd sell it and buy a proper sized bike. I don't think I'd spend money on a new frame just to put 13 year old components on it.

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    another vote for sell it

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    You would want to think twice on moving the parts to a new frame. There can be a lot of differences between frames that you would need to change.Thing like seat posts,front derailluer ,bottom brackets, forks.

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