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    One size too big?

    So my Frankenbike has a 19 inch frame. I usually ride a 17 inch frame. This bike has been kicking my arse on rides. Feels like a tank. Would that be from pedaling a size too big for me? I think I have the saddle height set correctly, when on the bike and my foot is in the 6 o'clock position there is a slight bend in the knee. Even short trips are tiring.
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    Sounds like you don't have the saddle properly adjusted for your height. And keep riding, it's normal to get your butt kicked when starting out.
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    Starting out? I've been riding a mountain bike for many years now.
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    Starting out in this new phase of riding after not having a bike for awhile. Keep putting on those miles.
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    You mean after not having a bike for a month or so? It shouldn't be this hard.
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    Feeling like the riding is kicking your ass means that you're actually working out and getting stronger. Kona, you're a big dude. That just means that it takes that much more work to get the bike moving. Combine that with the diabetes and I would be surprised if you weren't feeling beat-up.

    Keep in mind also that:
    A: Every company has a different way of measuring the seat-tube. Some do center-center. Some do center-top, etc.
    B: Seat-tube measurement isn't very helpful for sizing a bike. What matters is the reach from handlebar to seat when the seat is in the correct pedaling position.

    How tall are you?
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    I am 5 foot 7 inches. The seat to top tube on the bike measures 22 and a half inches. Fits like a glove. However the top tube is a bit too high, hurts to straddle the bike if you know what I mean.

    Oh - the bike has a sticker that says it is a 19 inch. However, from the center of the bottom bracket to the center of the seat tube/top junction measures 17 inches. All the way to the top of the seat tube it measures 19 inches.

    You are correct. With the diabetes I feel beat up even on days I don't ride. And it seems i gained some weight lately, I'm up to 285. Not too happy about that, even if they say the diabetes is under control.
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    Only takes 3-4 days off the bike for me to feel beat up and winded on the next ride. I'm 5'7" and can ride 19" bikes. I've fit up to 24" ETT comfortably. Helps that I grew up as a kid riding adult 26" dept store bikes, which were a bit big for me. If I started out on freestyle/BMX style bikes, things might have been a bit diff as far as comfortable fit goes.

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    Starting out? Do you mean the beginning of a ride? Like I said earlier, I have been mountain biking now for years. In fact, almost 20 years. This is one of a handful of bikes that just feels like I am pushing a concrete block when I ride it. Maybe it's me, maybe the bike weighs way too much. I haven't had it weighed. It looks light, feels heavy to ride.
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    One size too big?

    And here we go again.

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    Probably too big for 5'7".
    Since you have other bikes, ride another one after this one and compare immediately.
    Could also be wheels and fork. Weigh it.

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    I don't have any other bikes. Just this one.
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    OP - at 5'7" a 19" frame is way too big. I am the same size as you and made the same mistake....fit is EVERYTHING!!!!
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    I agree, fit is everything. Looks like I need to find me a 17 inch frame and switch my parts over. I am curious if a smaller frame would feel lighter. Thanks everyone!
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    Just ride it like you stole it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    I am 5 foot 7 inches. ...
    I am 5'7" and ride a 17" frame. 19 is probably too big, but that should just make the bike feel hard to handle. As for riding speed it really should be the same for climbs and flats, but you may suffer when you want get through the corners. If the bike feels slow when pedaling straight it is not due to the frame size, but other size issues.
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    Kona - can you shoot a couple of pictures of you on the bike while riding around? A quick video would be better. I agree fit is everything, but seat tube height is nearly meaningless in isolation. You might just need a different stem or some minor tweaks. The photos or videos would help us look at the fit.

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    Kona is a sock troll. God bless him.
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    One size too big?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoePAz View Post
    I am 5'7" and ride a 17" frame. 19 is probably too big, but that should just make the bike feel hard to handle. As for riding speed it really should be the same for climbs and flats, but you may suffer when you want get through the corners. If the bike feels slow when pedaling straight it is not due to the frame size, but other size issues.
    i agree. I too am the size height & weighing in at about 180 geared. I was on a 17" HT and built up a S GT fs frame. cockpit is slightly more tighter but new stem and bar fixed that problem. But the over feel of smaller frame feels a lot better. Like dragging less concrete behind the bike.
    So my Frankenbike has a 19 inch frame. I usually ride a 17 inch frame. This bike has been kicking my arse on rides. Feels like a tank.
    What's the time gap from the last time you were riding the 17 and now on the 19"? I took a few months off during the build and oh my oh my, i felt like i was hauling a whale behind me, even on the S frame.
    Also, some of my patients state that they feel beat up when they get back into a certain sport or make an adjustments, it's usually your body telling you to start slow. If after that period where you know it's not your body then it might then be your gear/bike. Riding a mile is better than no miles at all. The Body needs a break-in and adapt period with that particular gear your using.
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    Kona,

    Please don't take this the wrong way, but at 5'7" and 285 lbs, you have more room for improvement in your frame than the frame of the bike.

    I see guys on here paying a premium of thousands of dollars to shave a pound or two off their bike. At a cost/pound of reduction, focusing on your frame will provide the greatest rewards in my opinion.

    I dropped 65 lbs last summer and have put 30 back on this winter putting me at 230 lbs. I would like to drop another 20 to put me where I need to be. Imagine taking off a 60lbs pack off your bike and how much easier you could bike, regardless of frame size.
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    Slow Danger and mbmb65 - I didn't start this thread just to be insulted. If you have nothing positive to add please just move on.

    What's the time gap from the last time you were riding the 17 and now on the 19"?
    About a month.

    Please don't take this the wrong way, but at 5'7" and 285 lbs, you have more room for improvement in your frame than the frame of the bike.
    Yeah, it's my goal to lose some weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    Kona - can you shoot a couple of pictures of you on the bike while riding around? A quick video would be better. I agree fit is everything, but seat tube height is nearly meaningless in isolation. You might just need a different stem or some minor tweaks. The photos or videos would help us look at the fit.
    Also a longer kickstand and a smaller spoke protector may also help to compensate for too small of a frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kona0197 View Post
    Slow Danger and mbmb65 - I didn't start this thread just to be insulted. If you have nothing positive to add please just move on.

    About a month.

    Yeah, it's my goal to lose some weight.
    You took about a month off. Ended on the 17" which is your regular go-to size and then started back on the 19" a new frame, new size. With no transition what so ever in between. It might be what the above have stated, the pedal height, seat post big frame(bike)etc etc and might just be too big a frame and in conjunction with just time off the pedal does reduce your momentum few weeks back...I bet if I jump on a med/large 17" frame now, i'd feel the same as you.
    I'd suggest if your dead set on the 19" take slow, listen to what your body is telling you. And basically your muscles have adjust to the new head angle, pedal rotations, TT length etc...
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