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    Newer rider who is also bigger

    How is everyone doing I started riding about 2 months ago when I bought a friends Trek 3700 19.5 inch all stock bike I am 6'4 and 260 so I kn ow the bike is a little small I am looking at a Felt Q520 21.5 inch and was wondering if anyone has any feelings on the bike.

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    If it is this one
    http://feltracing.com/08/product.asp...,1516&pid=8760
    the Suntour fork would be a deal breaker for me. If you were going to buy a new bike you might as well upgrade a bit.

    I don't necessarily think that your 19.5" Trek 3700 is going to be too far off the mark to be fixed with a stem and/or handlebar change. My main bike is similar in size and I'm 6'3. If it feels a little cramped try a longer stem, if you want a more upright riding position try a higher rise stem and handlebar (assuming that you have no spacers above your stem on the steerer tube).

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_mountain_biker
    If it is this one
    http://feltracing.com/08/product.asp...,1516&pid=8760
    the Suntour fork would be a deal breaker for me. If you were going to buy a new bike you might as well upgrade a bit.

    I don't necessarily think that your 19.5" Trek 3700 is going to be too far off the mark to be fixed with a stem and/or handlebar change. My main bike is similar in size and I'm 6'3. If it feels a little cramped try a longer stem, if you want a more upright riding position try a higher rise stem and handlebar (assuming that you have no spacers above your stem on the steerer tube).
    I think rather than putting money into odball tall stems and handlebars, I'd get a larger frame and put the parts on it. The one thing that may be the biggest issue is that the steerer tube on the current fork may not be long enough for the taller frame, but you'd have to check to be sure. You can get a frame that won't be much different quality-wise from the Trek 3700 frame at a place like this for around $100-$150:

    http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...0Framesets-ATB

    http://www.leaderbikestore.com/pd_ld_510h.cfm

    Or start saving for a larger bike. For general mtb'ing, a 19.5" frame is all but guaranteed to be too small for someone that is 6'4". A 21" (XL) frame could even be on the small side.

    JMHO.

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    Thanks for the input I found a 2005 trek 6000 22in frame for a sweet deal so that might be my next ride it has around 200 miles on it and he wants 350 out the door from a dealer with a 6 month warranty so it seems like a good deal anyone have a trek 6000 that can give me a heads up on the quality

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    well I got the trek 6000 and I am very happy with it so far if anyone has some upgrade tips I could do that would be great to hear from you I do 90% singletrack riding in NC and 10% street riding with the kids 4 and 7 so drrop me a line and let me know

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