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    Girl in need of Single Speed help

    I recently rode a single speed mountain bike for the first time and absolutely loved it! Now I want one of my own and was looking for suggestions. I'm 5'4'' and ride a 15 or 15.5 and would be open to riding a 26er or a 29er hardtail. I'm cross-posting this from the women's forum.

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    29er isn't really suitable for you for all intensive purposes... 15" frame and 29" wheels would be redonk.

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    It has been done with 29" wheels, with excellent results. The only real detractor will be having to swing your leg 3" higher to get it over the rear tire when getting onto or off of the bike. I know a few women around your size who enjoyed their Surly 1x1(26", or 29" with really small tires if I remember correctly). The Gary Fisher Rig comes in a 15.5" frame, and is a great complete 29er singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curlychick
    I recently rode a single speed mountain bike for the first time and absolutely loved it! Now I want one of my own and was looking for suggestions. I'm 5'4'' and ride a 15 or 15.5 and would be open to riding a 26er or a 29er hardtail. I'm cross-posting this from the women's forum.

    Cool
    If you must go 29er then this is the best I've seen for your height, well this or Wolfhound Cycles
    http://www.bikerumor.com/2010/04/20/...mountain-bike/

    Niner also make good small size frame as the Co-founder is rather small himself, and still rave about the benefit.

    You can also check out Spot-Brand, they offer cool belt drive. If you want a bigger wheel format but all of the above fail then check out 650b size too, Pacenti is a good place to look.
    http://www.carbondrivesystems.com/whycds.php?lang=us

    My vote is for Myka, with Gate belt-drive, how cool is that

    FYI Willow Koerber is 5'2" and she rippin on the 29er.

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    I can't believe a girl posted something on the interwebs and only got three responses in half an hour. The internet union must be on strike or something.

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    If she post her pic may strike more response, you think? Common now we are above that, No?

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    My vote: Get a Surly 1x1 and go with a 650b!

    My wife is 5' 6" and I built her a 16" On One Inbred (26") SS, and she loves it.

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    You don't have any 29ers you could borrow? My GF has borrowed a couple bikes now and she didn't really enjoy her time on a 29er. The bike was too big for her, but she borrowed a 26" wheel bike at the same frame and liked it more. Obviously, it doesn't answer the question perfectly, but it has narrowed down our search.

    I don't agree with the height-wheelsize correlation. There are lots of examples of shorter riders loving 29ers.

    Anyway, you could give this a shot?

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    Only problem with a 29er frame that small is you'll have a problem with toe overlap. Some people are ok with that, others are not. I'm 5' 7" and fit a small size Niner frame pretty good. At 5' 4" it might be a bit large for you and the top tube may be a bit of a stretch. So I'd definitely try to check one out before you commit to purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    My vote: Get a Surly 1x1 and go with a 650b!

    My wife is 5' 6" and I built her a 16" On One Inbred (26") SS, and she loves it.
    Ditto that, did the same for my wife, but with a 14" frame instead.. P nut apparently is also a shop tech??

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    Girl 5-4" shreds on 29er

    I have a friend (girl) who is 5-4" and she shreds on a 29er. She got a small kona brand bike but many builders offer the small size. Toe overlap is due to installing the WRONG fork on the bike.


    I KNOW..................................

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    big fat tubeless tires and dont completely discard the 96'er idea either. Go easy on the gearing at first as well.
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    I am 5' 4" and I ride 15.5" - 26" great for any terrain.

    I've try 17 which is too big but good for touring. I have 16" but haven't try it but the top tube is longer than my 15.5".

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    Quote Originally Posted by markj2k4
    29er isn't really suitable for you for all intensive purposes....
    sorry, but the grammar police are going to have to cite you for that. the phrase you are looking for is "for all intents and purposes." that stuff drives me nuts.

    have a nice day.

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    I'm 5'5" with a 28" inseam and ride a 16" On One Scandal. You'll fit an Inbred or Scandal no problem.

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    I'm 5'5 and ride a 16" Surly 1x1 and love it! I was thinking of going with a 29 up front but haven't had a chance to try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle
    sorry, but the grammar police are going to have to cite you for that. the phrase you are looking for is "for all intents and purposes." that stuff drives me nuts.

    have a nice day.
    ...going from intensive to intents is not exactly a grammar problem...it's just a plain language error in my opinion...but either way...keep going nuts.


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    If your going for a new 29er, the GF Rig is a really good deal or Redline Monocog. Both of which can be had at really good deals used. A lot of 26er frames with horizontal dropouts you can get 650b wheels on depending what forks you have. The surly 1x1 is hard to beat but I like the Bianchi SS series from years back and they can be had at reasonable prices if you can find any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle
    sorry, but the grammar police are going to have to cite you for that. the phrase you are looking for is "for all intents and purposes." that stuff drives me nuts.

    have a nice day.
    I was going to comment on this, but then I thought, "hey, maybe he means that a 29er wouldn't be comfortable for her on a really intense trail." :P

    But, to the OP, if you posted this in the 29er forum, everyone would cite Willow Koerber as an example of a five-foot-nothing girl kicking ass on a 29er.

    I say get a Surly 1x1, though. You can run 26" or 650b, suspended or not.

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    OP, I picked up a lightly used Redline Monocog 29er, for $250 locally. I am 5'6 and the small (15") fits pretty good. No toe-overlap issues and the large wheels work quite well for me.

    If you know of any local mountain bike forums, you may be able to find people with small-framed 29ers willing to let you test ride them. Of course, you can always hit your LBS, but not all of them will let you take it on a trail.
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    My suggestion...

    Gary Fisher Rig
    Felt SS

    Both come pretty well spec'd for an intro to 29er SS. Once you determine it is for you then you can start getting what you want. Of course a used one is even better in value.

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    My Girlfriend is 5'2" and rides a 26'r SS , a Giant XTC, 14.5 inch frame. Last week end I borrowed a NINER SIR9 from a friend for her to try, sized SMALL.
    It fit her well and she LOVED riding it.

    (Her toes didn't even come close to overlapping the front wheel)

    One other thing to consider, I would think a smaller person would benifit even more than the rest of us from having a LIGHT bike. A size small NINER ONE9 would be a great place to start. Or the AIR9 Carbon, all depends on how long you've been saving your pennies

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo
    I have a friend (girl) who is 5-4" and she shreds on a 29er. She got a small kona brand bike but many builders offer the small size. Toe overlap is due to installing the WRONG fork on the bike.


    I KNOW..................................

    WOW, I hadn't thought of that, fork offset ....very good

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll definitely keep it in mind.

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    Correction.....

    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach
    The only real detractor will be having to swing your leg 3" higher to get it over the rear tire when getting onto or off of the bike
    .....only 1.5" higher! Figured with the grammer police chime'n in I'd help you with the math!
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    .....only 1.5" higher! Figured with the grammer police chime'n in I'd help you with the math!
    he said swing her leg over the rear tire, which is still 3" higher

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    he said swing her leg over the rear tire, which is still 3" higher
    Actually, if you measure a 29" wheel vs a 26" wheel using the same type of tire, you'll find that the outside diameter is only a little over 2" different.

    In my opinion, a Surly 1x1 set up as a 650B is a bad idea. While many like that combo, if you use a suspension fork, the bottom bracket is rather high - heck, I think it's too high with a suspension fork and 26" wheels! The higher bottom bracket ultimately raises the seat height as well, which reduces the bikes overall stability and handling. If you get a Surly 1x1, keep the correct sized wheels on it.
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    My GF is 5'2" and rides a Fisher Paragon 15.5" (small). It fits her inseam well, no toe overlap, and ample stand over height, also the same geomerty as the RIG.

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    Gearwhine,
    Your reply and the video that accompanied it were yellow jersey worthy. Thanks for the laugh. Good stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by markj2k4
    29er isn't really suitable for you for all intensive purposes... 15" frame and 29" wheels would be redonk.
    please refer to exhibit "A"

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    Quote Originally Posted by markj2k4
    29er isn't really suitable for you for all intensive purposes... 15" frame and 29" wheels would be redonk.
    Tell that to Impy who is 5'2" and rides a Sycip 29er singlespeed. IIRC, she actually rode in Men's Sport class this particular year at SOC (2008) and finished mid-pack.

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    Intensive?!? BWWAAAAA HAAA hAAAA HAAAAAA!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val Garou
    I was going to comment on this, but then I thought, "hey, maybe he means that a 29er wouldn't be comfortable for her on a really intense trail." :P

    But, to the OP, if you posted this in the 29er forum, everyone would cite Willow Koerber as an example of a five-foot-nothing girl kicking ass on a 29er.

    I say get a Surly 1x1, though. You can run 26" or 650b, suspended or not.
    x2 My wife is 5' 4" (gatorjen214 on here) and she rides a small Surly 1x1 and loves it. Right now we have her on 26" wheels, but who knows what is in the future for this bike. They are so versatile!

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    26er

    My wife is 5' 2" and rides a 14" Litespeed hardtail converted to SS. Conversions can be pretty easy, so a light weight hardtail that fits you is a good start. Any bike can be made into a SS, so get a 29er only if you're sold on the 29er concept.

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    Last edited by Birdman; 10-22-2010 at 10:22 AM.

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    whether 26" or 29" wheels - the particular frame design will affect how big the bike feels. You could sit on a Jabberwocky and it would probably feel huge. My El Commandante feels like a 26" bike just with 29" wheels.
    It has been my limited observation that many SSer's like the extra "roll over" you get with 29's - helps with momentum which is key in SSing. I rode a 26" for a while and loved it, then switched to a 29 and ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearwhine
    ...going from intensive to intents is not exactly a grammar problem...it's just a plain language error in my opinion...but either way...keep going nuts.
    Thank you.

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    Seems as if I have the winning post of the bunch. Grammar problems and differing opinion to boot.

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