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    How to chose Scalpel size M or L?

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    I'm looking to buy a size M or L Scalpel but am torn between a size large with a shorter stem or size medium with a long stem (>110mm). I'm 6' but short legged with a 33" inseam. Any advice from others that are between sizes?

    BTW: The bike is mostly for xcountry riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteg
    All,
    I'm looking to buy a size M or L Scalpel but am torn between a size large with a shorter stem or size medium with a long stem (>110mm). I'm 6' but short legged with a 33" inseam. Any advice from others that are between sizes?

    BTW: The bike is mostly for xcountry riding.
    Hey Pete, sounds like were very close to the same size. I'm 5' 11.5" with a 32.95" inseam. I find the stock large to fit me perfectly. In fact I feel it's the best fit I've ever had on a bike. Having short legs means that you probably have a long torso (either that or a really big head ) and that cockpit length fit is much more critical than standover clearance, which generally isn't a problem on the Scalpel anyway with the bent top tube. At 6' you are definitely NOT between sizes, a medium would be too small. Get the large and give the stock 120mm stem a try, you should be able to swap it out after a ride or 2 if you still feel it's too long.
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    Large it is.

    Although I liked having a small bike (medium) under me for climbs I think you're right in the correct fitting of the torso for control. I told my local shop to hold the large. This Scalpel 2000 is darn light. I'm about 170lbs and can't get the rear to flex as much as I'd like - I reckon that a matter of dialing in the rear Fox shock and the correct air pressure? Still, the Lefty creeps me out no matter how nice it responds.

    Thanks much!

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    Large.

    At your dimensions, the large sounds right. Stand over will not be an issue, and the most important fit is the tot tube length.

    The Lefty only creeps me out when I look down. On the trail, the Lefty (and Lefty Max) rocks.
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    I'm 5-11 or so, the large is the perfect size... At first it felt too big but that was only when I was stopped and standing... I use the stock stem, with it flipped so it has negative rise... I have 5.25" of seat tube out, measuring to the bottom of the seat rail... The seat is about 2-3" higher than the handlebars... The cockpit feels a little long but when climbing it is perfect... When I ride the axle is right behind the handlebars just a little when looking down...
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