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    ML75 to ML8 - size advice

    Hi All,
    I love my '05 ML75 but have been offered an '08 ML8 frame for a good price and think it will suit my current riding style a little better. I am 6' tall with a 32" inside leg and my ML75 is a large, but I have always felt it is a little too big for me, particularly with regards to standover height. I have a speedball seatpost and only have about 1.5" of post showing before the stancion section. Looking at the geo charts comparing a Matic (which I think is the closest to an ML75) with the ML8, the large ML8 has a much lower standover height anyway (738mm v 795m) so I am in two minds about whether I should go with a medium or large ML8. I'll be running DUC32s with it.

    Any advice?

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    I would recommend a large, since that is what I have and I am 5'11.8"

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    Agree, the large is going to better for ya. Stand over on the ML8 is the same with the medium and large.
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    Your height & inseam indicate a longish torso so I think you'll find the large to be better balanced between fore & aft because of the longer front center # (distance from the BB to the front axle). On the medium you'd need a longer stem that would put too much weight on the front end of the bike with that shorter FC & it would be significantly squirrlier descending than the large.
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    I agree with the others- a Large ML8 definitely sounds right for you. I'm 6'2" and have a large Durance (which is a tad on the small side for me), but went with an XL ML8 since the cockpit of the ML8 seems to be more compact.
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    Large again, I'm the same size as you and I love the fit of my Large ML-8

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    Same height as you and went from a large 7.5 to large ml8 via a med ML8, the large is the best fit. Plus for me the ML8 is a better bike, climbs better and descends with confidence only a slight weight penalty on the ML8

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