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    Wtb XC bike and not break the bank for me 6'3" 230lbs 34" inseam help..

    I've been looking to ride a mtb. I 've not ridden in 20 years or so I don't know nothing new but what I've ridden at the lbs rode like a beach cruser? I've tried to be clear that I want to race XC but most of the bikes have a upright ridding posture and feel dead. I don't have a lot of money to spend so... Does anyone make a good XC race bike for about 1,000 at least have a frame that fits me?

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    Wtb XC bike and not break the bank for me 6'3" 230lbs 34" inseam help..

    Airborne Goblin. There is a manufacturer's thread in the Forums on Airborne and BigDaddyFlyer, their product guy will answer any questions you have. Hard tail 29er with X5 and X7 is just over a grand. Let us know what you decide.

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    Airborne Goblin tt is only 62 cm or 64 cm Iam looking for something with a longer top tube so I can be more aggresive without a super long stem I don't like going over the bars....

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    I think I would like about 28" from seat post to handle bars.

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    Wtb XC bike and not break the bank for me 6'3" 230lbs 34" inseam help..

    It's not a road bike. 22 inch seat tube will fit you fine, is what I think. I'm 6-1 on a 24.3 inch effective top tube (~62 cm) .... You don't want anything longer than 64 cm. 64 cm top tube and a 90 mm stem is .... ~28 inches.

    From Airborne's web site:
    General Sizing Range
    16" = 5'2" to 5'7"
    18" = 5'7" to 5'11"
    20" = 5'11" to 6'2"
    22" = 6'2" to 6'5"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    It's not a road bike. 22 inch seat tube will fit you fine, is what I think. I'm 6-1 on a 24.3 inch effective top tube (~62 cm) .... You don't want anything longer than 64 cm. 64 cm top tube and a 90 mm stem is .... ~28 inches.

    From Airborne's web site:
    General Sizing Range
    16" = 5'2" to 5'7"
    18" = 5'7" to 5'11"
    20" = 5'11" to 6'2"
    22" = 6'2" to 6'5"
    yes L 20" to Xl 22" is what my size is. I can ride a bike more upright however there are trade offs. let us say I can produce 200 watts of power in an upright position on flat ground I will be travling about 24km/h while in the more race position for the same effort I will be travling at 30km/h.

    I think I am missing something besides loss comfort and the ability to huck. I am old and dont huck as for comfort I"ve been know to ride my bent bike on the trails it's kick ass comfort

    Any help would be appreciated

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    Travelling at 24 vs 30 km/h due to aerodynamic rider position on flat ground is a consideration when buying a mountain bike?

    I screwed up.

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    Wtb XC bike and not break the bank for me 6'3" 230lbs 34" inseam help..

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    Maybe take up golf?

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    Is that your actual inseam? I only ask because my riding buddies never measure their actual inseam, they just state their pant length... -I'm 6'3" with 36" inseam, my 20" Kona Kula dlx 29er leaves me about 1" of standover. It measures 20" from bb to top of the seat tube/collar.
    If money is tight, consider older rim brake bikes and 26ers, I have just as much fun on my old 26ers as I do on the newer 29er.

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    OK I may be totaly wrong here but in xc ridining are there still flat spots riding? In any case I like to ride the bike to where I'll ride off road in portland there are great...good... bike trails that I can ride to so if I can have a comfortable riding position and get there faster and use less energy that is the goal.

    Golf? Realy is fun. Thanks that helps alot

    As for my inseam I where a 32" pants inseam... But my real inseam is 34" I used two diffrent ways for this caculation: measuring to the top of my hip bone and then doing some math, Standing flat footed with my back to the wall and a book up against my junk. These two ways said I have a 34" inseam.

    I did not think this is a hard question who makes longer top tube mtb? I think the best answer I got so far was form a LBS We don't belive in bike fiting... So I asked a follow up question so the length of crank arms don't make a diffrence? answer we don't belive in that. So some one 6'3" and some one 5'2" should have the same crank arm legnth? Why not.....

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    Re: Wtb XC bike and not break the bank for me 6'3" 230lbs 34" inseam help..

    At your weight id be looking at something burly like a Canfield Yelli Screamy. Its not traditional xc bike geometry but they're playful and agile for a 29er. Mine is 28 lbs with a pretty stout build. 25 lbs should be no problem. You would want an xl

    :edit: I just reread your post and saw the part about staying sround $1000. In that case the Yelli probably wouldn't work for you.

    Take a look at On One bikes. Onone.uk. they have some pretty reasonably priced bikes with nice builds
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    Wtb XC bike and not break the bank for me 6'3" 230lbs 34" inseam help..

    I think what we are trying to say is that buying and racing a bike that is too big for you is unlikely to improve your aerodynamics and raise your cross country speed by 6 km/hr. Nevertheless if, during the last 20 years of not riding, you have reached a different conclusion, then have at it. It's your world .... Ride what you love.

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    New way of thinking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    I think what we are trying to say is that buying and racing a bike that is too big for you is unlikely to improve your aerodynamics and raise your cross country speed by 6 km/hr. Nevertheless if, during the last 20 years of not riding, you have reached a different conclusion, then have at it. It's your world .... Ride what you love.
    Oh I see now and thank you all for you guidince. I don't want a bike that is to big for me. I was just use to riding bikes with a longer top tube, shorter seat tube and like 72 deg head tube ang. I don't think they mass produce this kind of bike not good for down hills not fun to ride ( they don't sell and crash alot)

    I was going off some old bike fit numbers from 1990 for a xc race bike.
    Just got done riding a old 26 ht xc bike and I am beat up. Time is the saddle of diffrent bikes gives the best answers.

    I thank all of you for your great knowledge.

    So my next thread full suspension for me.
    My buttox is still after that ride.

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