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    New question here. Scalpel 29er sizing: M is Large?

    Hi,
    I am 6' tall and have and 34.3'' inseam.
    I tested L size and M and i am leaning towards the M size.
    Checked with bike fitter and he says "Go smallest possible" i.e. "Go M".
    Sizes are S M L and XL.
    At 6' i should go straight to L, no? I wonder who will use the XL?
    My measure from seat end to mid of handlebar is 56cm on M and 58.7cm on the L.
    Is the Scalpel 29er designed to be ridden in a more stretched position?

    Any help? Lots of money at stake, and would like to do the right choice
    Did anyone else of my size go with M instead of L?

    Thanks!

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    Strange... for your profile I am pretty sure the large should be the right frame.
    I am 5'-10" with 32" inseam Riding large Scalpel and Flash with no change to stem length
    I also rode Large Specialized SJ and large Niner all seems to fit great.

    I'd rather have a bit of a large frame than a too small one.
    As for the large frame you can adjust your fit with different stem and saddle position and for a too small one you are screwed...

    Truth is that I test rode the Medium Scalpel around the block and it seems like it will work too, but since I had a bad experience with a medium 26er bike, and all my other bikes are large, I decided to go with the large.
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    I'd say Cannonales are bit on the shorter side if anything (compared to Specialized).

    I ride Epic 26er (L) and it fits very well, but few weeks ago I got to ride friend's Scalpel 29er (L) which felt a bit short compared to the Epic and I would prefer XL if I were to buy one.

    I'm about 189-190cm (so about 6' 3").

    Similarly, I got Trigger 29er in XL which despite being longer than Scalpel has shorter stem and overall reach is probably the same or even slightly less on the Trigger.

    Considering Scalpel is a more of a marathon-XC bike, it would make much more sense to go slightly bigger than smaller.
    Friend who rides it is about 180cm, and it fits him very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wawando View Post
    Hi,
    I am 6' tall and have and 34.3'' inseam.

    I tested L size and M and i am leaning towards the M size.
    I'm 6'2" with a 34" inseam and went XL. I'm a long-time road racer, and like the extra stretch in the cockpit. This was my first year racing off-road, and thought the larger size would also be more stable for my newbie bike handling skills.

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    Thanks for the feedback. It seems i am alone
    The measures i have on the M are the ones i had on my previous Scott Spark L and on my road bike.
    Today i will test both again and see the outcome

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    road bike geo does not equal mtb geo.

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    First, compare the top tube length of the Scott Spark (that you know you fit on) to the Scalpel. If theyre both the same, then the difference in feeling is probably a combination of saddle rail placement, stem length and angle, and handlebar width, rise and sweep....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Marshall View Post
    I'm 6'2" with a 34" inseam and went XL. I'm a long-time road racer, and like the extra stretch in the cockpit. This was my first year racing off-road, and thought the larger size would also be more stable for my newbie bike handling skills.
    Looking at OP inseam length to height ratio, it might be that he's got relatvely short torso which might mean M Scalpel would fit well.

    It would be the best to try it side by side.

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    I just did a 4h side by side ride.
    Both felt ok.
    Large feels more "spacy" and M smaller. As expected ))
    No new info... How do i know what is the best choice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wawando View Post
    I just did a 4h side by side ride.
    Both felt ok.
    Large feels more "spacy" and M smaller. As expected ))
    No new info... How do i know what is the best choice...
    If you're only going to use the bike for full-on racing, and you already have a lot of trail experience, go with M, otherwise go with L.

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    Scalpel 29er sizing: M is Large?

    6-1 (185 cm) on a Large Scalpel with the OEM 110mm / -15 degree stem swapped off and replaced with a 100m /-5 degree stem. Everybody's perfect fit is different but I would think a Large is best for most 6-footers.

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    Thank you very much!
    That is the decision i had last night: L with -5 stem 90mm

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