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    SJ FSR tweener' size owners...did you go up, or down in size?

    I'm 6'1" 34.5" inseam...always a tweener, and right at the upper range suggested for size Large (5'10"-6'2").

    Anyone similar find going up to XL with a short stem (50mm) was better in the long run? or sizing down to L with a longer stem (70mm+)?

    speaking mostly about 29er frames...
    Last edited by motard5; 12-10-2013 at 02:19 AM.

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    I'm smack dab between a medium and a large (5'10" with a 32" inseam).

    I ALWAYS size down with my bikes. I've had a Epic 29, Stumpjumper FSR 29, and a Camber 29 and ended up going with a medium on all of them.

    The smaller size by virtue of the shorter wheelbase, shorter reach, lower headtube, etc feels quite a bit livelier to me. Whereas the larger size feels more stable and planted.

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    thanks CasteelG!

    any 6'1" people out there?
    Last edited by motard5; 12-10-2013 at 02:19 AM.

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    I'm 6-2. ride a 29er fsr stumpy. ride an xl and I consider it the best fit I've ever found.
    I ride chunky trails in the desert, mostly. I also have a 26er fsr stumpy that works fine.
    34 inch inseam, 180 lbs.

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    I'm 6'2" and have two Enduros and a Stumpjumper with 26" wheels and XL frames. I like that I'm not running the seat as far back on the rails as possible and long stems just to be comfortable. It's personal preference, though. Try to ride both if you can. Or try to at least ride something with similar geometry.
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    6'3". I had a 2009 Stumpy FSR in XL. It felt like a boat it was so long. Specialized uses long top tube lengths and I have found that I do well on their L frames...but I like a shorter, upright position. I just bought a L Enduro Comp 29 and it feels plenty long. I always set my saddle position the same with my knee over the pedal spindle with the cranks horizontal (I never fudge this to create more or less room). I am using a 50mm stem with 800mm bars...and love the fit.

    Stretched and stable...go XL. Compact and mobile...go L.

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    6' 2". Wingspan is the same. 34.5 inseam. Went with an XL SJ 29. 60 mm stem and 750 bars. Lower back and neck never hurt on rides.

    My last bike was a L 2005 SJ far. Seat post was near max, I felt too high above the bars and I had to use a 90Mm stem. I will admit bike was easier to handle, but my neck and back felt much more strained during most climbs.

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