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    2011 sortie 3 frame sizing fitment Q?

    My LBS has a sister store that has a sortie 3 17" frame that has a "cosmetic blemish" and are willing to hook me up with a sweet deal but im hesitant because I can't sit and test the bike unless I decide to buy it due to shipping and whatnots. Im 5'9" and have been riding a 19" frame but want a 18" because I feel to stretched out on my bike. Online it says that a 17" is Medium size and should accomodate a person my size. If it does feel small would a longer stem be able to fix my woes and make the bike feel more comfortable.
    I've never ridden a diamondback mtb so any input from current or past riders on how the frame sizing was for them would be appreciated. This is a sweet deal on the bike and if it the size can work for me i'd be a happy biker

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    Top tube

    Compare the top tube lengths (effective or horizontal) of what have to the Sortie medium. If it's with in 1/2"-3/4", you can easily dial in fit with a longer or shorter stem. Any top tube difference larger than +/- 1/2" and you may run into problems.

    It the TT is too long, your stem will need to be overly short to compensate to avoid low back hyper-extension (I' had this from a road bike that was too long).

    If the TT is too short, you'll need a LONG stem and this will/may make you feel really cramped and alter the handling of the bike.

    FWIW, I ride a 2010 Sortie Black L/19" with a 24 inch TT and a 90mm stem. I am 6'1/2' with longer legs and shorter torso. 24" is my absolute max TT length and 90mm is the shortest stem I'd want to run. It fits perfectly. Before it, I had a 2008 Mission also in L/19 with a 24" TT that also fit well.

    I would prefer a slightly shorter TT (23.5) and a 100mm stem, but the Sortie L works fine.

    Also, evaluate the seat tube to make sure you don't have an absurd amount of host hanging out, because that's not the safest way to go.

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    Go with the medium trust me. I researched this topic forever. I'm 5'10" and just ordered my Medium 17" Mission 1 , I actually sat on a Large 19" Mission that my buddy has and its HUGE!

    The sortie actually has a longer top tube than the equivalent mission does, so you'll fit more than perfect on the medium frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkoMTB View Post
    My LBS has a sister store that has a sortie 3 17" frame that has a "cosmetic blemish" and are willing to hook me up with a sweet deal but im hesitant because I can't sit and test the bike unless I decide to buy it due to shipping and whatnots. Im 5'9" and have been riding a 19" frame but want a 18" because I feel to stretched out on my bike. Online it says that a 17" is Medium size and should accomodate a person my size. If it does feel small would a longer stem be able to fix my woes and make the bike feel more comfortable.
    I've never ridden a diamondback mtb so any input from current or past riders on how the frame sizing was for them would be appreciated. This is a sweet deal on the bike and if it the size can work for me i'd be a happy biker
    I ride a Med Sortie @5'10" w 32 inseam.. perfect fit. has a 23.5 Eff TT length and the Large is a bit bigger but only 1/2" longer TT @ 24". I have an 09 19" frame and it is big, the 17" for me is much better fit and rips! If your shorter more than likely a medium without a doubt will fit you perfectly. I have a Layback Thomson post and 70mm stem on my Med sortie..... The large and med Sortie both have 28.5 standover height! I think you'll find the Large too long and won't like it, too big for ya IMO
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    Thanks for the info guys. I wasnt looking at this bike but when my buddy who works there told me about the deal they could do for me on it my interest was peaked. I think the 17" will be good for me and reading what some actual riders are using helps in the decision making. Lets just hope I can sell my bike soon so I can dish out the cash for the Sortie. It looks like its a bike that doesnt get much recognition and hides behind all the big 3 bike brands but is a slayer on the trail and thats the type of bike I like to ride.
    Lets hope everything works out for me =)

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    does anyone know the weight of the sortie 3?

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    I am interested too in the weight. I found a killer deal on these and am hesitant to buy w/o riding. I am putting it up against a Specialized Stump and Santa Nomad but am having trouble justifying the price difference.
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    So which model DB exactly are you comparing to what exact speced SC and Stumpy models? That would help a ton.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidNeiles View Post
    So which model DB exactly are you comparing to what exact speced SC and Stumpy models? That would help a ton.....
    Well, since the thread was about the Sortie 3...but I can understand the SC and Stump part...The SC Nomad (or Heckler) R AM and the SC in the Comp.
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    http://www.hucknroll.com/santa-cruz-...S|b|9029477585

    This is the SC Nomand R AM It is like a Mission with 160mm travel and Lyrik fork... Sorite would be a lighter bike for sure.

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...d=46578&eid=99

    The Stumpy would be a good match to compare...weight would be around the same IMO.

    http://www.diamondback.com/bikes/mtn...n/sortie-3-11/

    Specy is Sram X9 X7 and Diamondback Sortie 3 is XT SLX equal level components, fork, brakes. Very similar bikes, and would both weigh around ~28ish lbs IMO.
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    Hey guys,

    I hate to bring an thread back from the dead like this, but I have a question to ask regarding sizing. I'm about ready to pull the trigger on a 2013 Sortie Comp and I'm wondering what size I should get... DB's website says I ride a size small (16"-17"). But size small on the Sortie is 15.5"... Size medium is 17". BTW: I'm 5'7" with a 29ish inseam.

    Thanks!

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