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    Right size Element 90?

    I'm asking for a little advice. I currently ride a size 18 2005 element and am able to get a good deal on a size 19 used 2008 element 90 . Unfortunately, the bike is on the other side of the country and I do not know anyone with a 19 inch 2008 element frame, so I'm unable to ride it to get a feel for it. I'm 5 "8 with short legs and a long torso. I do not feel strechted out at all with a 100mm stem and thomson layback post on my current ride. Since there is no archive on Rocky's website, I'm unable to compare the geometry between the 2 bikes and can't seem to find the geometry for my current ride anywhere. Did the geometry change alot between 2005 and 2008 with the redesign? Would a 19 be too stretched and have too high a standover, or would going to a 0 offset post work with a 100mm stem? How much would the handling be altered with a 0 offset post? It is a really good deal worth seriously considering if the cockpit can be fine tuned without affecting the handling too much. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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    I'm 6'0" and would ride a 19.

    I think it would be too big for you.
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    I'm 5'9" and have ridden 19, 18 and 16.5
    19 is best for me
    how much seat post do you have showing with 18? I am near limit with 330mm post (post just protrudes past top tube/seat tube junction).
    stand over height is over rated.
    but if you don't see much seat post on your current 18" then 19" likely won't wokr

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    They also stretched the top tube 5mm in 2008.

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    I am 5'7 with average legs and ride a 18inch. I have tried a friend 19in and would definately not be confortable on it.

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    ~5.4 and i ride a 19 element
    go for it

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    I'm 6'-1" and a 19" Vertex or Element worked for me in the 2007 sizing, with the longer 2008 HTT it would fit more like my 19.5" 2000 Vertex which was really ideal.

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    I'm also 6'1" and ride a 19" Element ('07)

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