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    Calling all size small motolite riders...

    how tall are you guys? im 5'7" with a 30" inseam...i feel i can go for either a small or medium. any advice would be much appreciated! TIA!!!

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    Uhmmm, give us your weight as well..........

    Shorter stroke shock on Small vs Medium, so more added pressure needed to prevent blowthru of travel if you're big boned like me. If you're sub 150 lbs I think you are ok, if over may wanna go medium with short stem to take advantage of the longer shock on Medium.
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    I am 5'7" 30 inseam, I weigh 175 lbs I have been punishing and been having so much fun with my Medium Motolite for more than a year now... my stem is thomson 90mm... 5 1/2-6 in exposed seatpost... no complains/still stoked everytime i go out with it... I also have a friend 5'7" 29 inseam that opted for small... no complains either..

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    Small ML, 5'7", 29" inseam, Gravity Dropper and 90mm stem. I like a short cockpit.
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    5'8, 30" on a medium

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    Small

    I'm 5'8" and went with a small without a test ride. 90mm stem. I felt both frames were very similar in every aspect except the shock stroke and standover. The top tube difference can be made up by stem length and saddle position. I'm happy with my decission. I also weigh in at 130lb so the shock stroke isn't as big an issue for me, and the extra standover is very nice to have. From all the back and forth and research I did before buying it seems you can't go wrong if you're in between both.

    The rear shock has been a bit tricky to dial in but after I hit 250 miles it settled in and i haven't touched it since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiEndo
    Uhmmm, give us your weight as well..........

    Shorter stroke shock on Small vs Medium, so more added pressure needed to prevent blowthru of travel if you're big boned like me. If you're sub 150 lbs I think you are ok, if over may wanna go medium with short stem to take advantage of the longer shock on Medium.

    150 lbs soaking wet! I am leaning toward the small so i can have the extra stand-over height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonnie_20
    150 lbs soaking wet! I am leaning toward the small so i can have the extra stand-over height.

    My thinking exactly, I'm just under 5'8" with 29.5 inseam and I weigh in at 195 full gear and I have no issues with the small. Others seem a bit more sensitive over the difference, so just warning you. At a buck fifty you should be fine
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    im looking at the sizing chart on the Titus website...what is the difference between the Motolite 100 and 130?

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    That is a bit outdated...

    100 means running the Moto Lite with a 100mm travel fork (475mm axle to crown height)

    130 means running the Moto Lite with a 130mm travel fork (505mm axle to crown height)

    It does not refer to the 4" or 5" travel settings on the ML. The ML travel change does not affect geometry itself. It is the fork length that changes geometry (i.e. 100mm travel fork vs 130mm travel fork) in the two charts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonnie_20
    im looking at the sizing chart on the Titus website...what is the difference between the Motolite 100 and 130?
    Fork difference only. Everything else is the same.

    Small fits you right in the middle where it's intended (5'6 - 5'9 rider).

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    Another vote for Small. I'm 5.7, 32 inseam at 145lbs and the fit is perfect!

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    I'd say you're right in there for a small ML. We usually put riders up to 5'9" on small ML and Racer-x's plus, the fox rp23 is a very capable rear shock.
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    5'9", 180 Small, 110mm stem, 140mm Pike. Its killer for the DH, a little small for the XC, perfect for my style of AM

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    5'6", 29.5" inseam, 135 lbs.
    I just picked up a small ML and took it for a quick shakedown ride. Fits perfectly and climbs better than I had expected, coming from a hardtail.
    Now if I can just figure out what is squeaking, and get the shock pressure dialed, I'm ready for the weekend.

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    I'm SHOCKED that all you guys are on smalls!!

    I'm 5'2" with a 29"ish inseam and I'm on a small!! I spent a lot of time testing between the xs and the small and even Titus Jim agreed the XS looked too small (I felt like I was riding a toy). Granted, I have a 50mm stem - but still -

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnBikerChk
    I'm SHOCKED that all you guys are on smalls!!

    I'm 5'2" with a 29"ish inseam and I'm on a small!! I spent a lot of time testing between the xs and the small and even Titus Jim agreed the XS looked too small (I felt like I was riding a toy). Granted, I have a 50mm stem - but still -
    My GF is 5'5" on XS, with 90mm stem... and i think it fits her very well... I am 5'7" with 30 inseam, 175lbs with gear, in medium and after reading this thread I think I wanna go on small

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnBikerChk
    I'm SHOCKED that all you guys are on smalls!!

    I'm 5'2" with a 29"ish inseam and I'm on a small!! I spent a lot of time testing between the xs and the small and even Titus Jim agreed the XS looked too small (I felt like I was riding a toy). Granted, I have a 50mm stem - but still -
    Me too... Actually, I'd be willing to try the small after reading this.

    I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam. I guess maybe the Small would fit a bit better at the top tube, but the Medium fits me better overall.

    I'll try some wider bars with a shorter stem. Currently a 90mm, I'll try a 70mm.
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    I'm 5'8" , and I also ride a small. Fits me perfectly.
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    last year I remember that for 5'8"-5'9" medium was the popular choice for the ML... but this thread really makes me wonder if I am in a right size... I will try a small this weekend and see how it will feel.... I hope AM chimes in and give us some good oil

    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    Me too... Actually, I'd be willing to try the small after reading this.

    I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam. I guess maybe the Small would fit a bit better at the top tube, but the Medium fits me better overall.

    I'll try some wider bars with a shorter stem. Currently a 90mm, I'll try a 70mm.

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    Medium is the best choice for me, no doubt about that. Top tube would be too short otherwise and would need a stem longer than I prefer... and prefer straight seat posts. I also would not ride a 1.5" shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    Medium is the best choice for me, no doubt about that. Top tube would be too short otherwise and would need a stem longer than I prefer... and prefer straight seat posts. I also would not ride a 1.5" shock.
    Same here with just one exception.

    I could get away with the 1.5" shock. I've been on 2" ones since 2003 now, but I could get away with the 1.5" at my meager 145-150 pounds.

    Setback seat posts suck, Titus geometry is slack enough on the seat angle. Toss in a long fork (like an AM1 ) and you end up with a seat angle a bit on the slack side that with a setback would be unbearable on climbs. Long stems suck too.

    Here comes what FM was mentioning about long top tubes and short stems... I'm willing to try a 70mm.

    In this context, my Medium is perfect for me. On a Small, a shorter seat post would make me run a lot of exposed seat post for my inseam and I'd have to run a longer stem.

    Yet, if TiEndo unloads his Small Exo ML someday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    Same here with just one exception.

    to try a 70mm.

    In this context, my Medium is perfect for me. On a Small, a shorter seat post would make me run a lot of exposed seat post for my inseam and I'd have to run a longer stem.

    Yet, if TiEndo unloads his Small Exo ML someday...
    You mean if it is a small exo it will be a go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barelylegal
    You mean if it is a small exo it will be a go?

    Why not??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    Why not??
    I will keep that in mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnBikerChk
    I'm SHOCKED that all you guys are on smalls!!

    I'm 5'2" with a 29"ish inseam and I'm on a small!! I spent a lot of time testing between the xs and the small and even Titus Jim agreed the XS looked too small (I felt like I was riding a toy). Granted, I have a 50mm stem - but still -
    I'm 5'2" riding an XS Racer-X 80mm and had a XS locomoto and I fit the Motolite sitting in our rack at work perfectly. 100mm stem though.
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    yeah... small ML won't work for you Warp as it would bring too much weight back.

    Being on a medium I can climb some good stuff for a fork set at 530mm a2c and still run a 90 stem for XC and still descend with super confidence.

    70 stem is terrific and I change them often. Like them both equally well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain

    70 stem is terrific and I change them often. Like them both equally well.
    for me the swap is between a 80mm and 100mm.... I guess I should have gotten a Large 575 instead of a Medium..... I love the 80mm, but climbing suffers.... oh well.. lots of toys to play with

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    I'm planning to buy a ML2. I'm 5'4" with a 27.5" inseam and weigh about 120 lbs, should I go for a small or X-small?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sealama
    I'm planning to buy a ML2. I'm 5'4" with a 27.5" inseam and weigh about 120 lbs, should I go for a small or X-small?
    test ride if you can first!

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    I did a ML small test ride few weeks back when titus truck was here in NY/NJ. Great bike and great selection of demos. I hope to save up me $$ for a small ML play bike next year. I already have a RX and LOVE it !!!

    For reference, I am only 118 lbs, 5'3", and 28" inseam but have extra long arms. Small felt great! I guess it is whatever you are comfortable on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sealama
    I'm planning to buy a ML2. I'm 5'4" with a 27.5" inseam and weigh about 120 lbs, should I go for a small or X-small?

    Welcome to mtbr & Titus Forum !~!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnBikerChk
    test ride if you can first!
    I think it's hard or maybe unable to get a demo bike here in Hong Kong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    Welcome to mtbr & Titus Forum !~!
    Thanks!!!
    I'm just a beginner. So, do you think ML2 is a good choice as my first mountain bike? Sorry for OT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sealama
    Thanks!!!
    I'm just a beginner. So, do you think ML2 is a good choice as my first mountain bike? Sorry for OT

    The ML2 is the perfect choice for your first mountain bike, absolutely !~! You will have fun on the bike for years, and both your skills and confidence will grow.

    Will you be buying the ML2 fully built up ?~?

    I think a small with a 50 or 70mm stem might be a good fit... but just a guess as I am not all that smart. Maybe XS with a 90 stem ?~?

    If your local bike shop is unfamiliar with Titus or cannot help you, I suggest you contact Titus directly, or Bikerbob.com (bob at bikerbob.com) perhaps as he is very helpful and good knowledge of sizing. You could also send a PM to Bikerbob.com as he is fairly regular on this forum.

    Hope you get some good advice on sizing and can't wait to see a photo when your new ML2 arrives .

    Cheers !~!

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    small moto

    Surprised no one has said that this thread is worthless without pics yet.

    Here's my moto as it was direct from BikerBob this spring. I've since debadged the fork and stickers on the frame along with breaking a few parts in the past couple months.

    Once again i'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam and couldn't have picked a better bike. Plenty of standover, balanced while jumping, and fast as ice. Worlds different over my past '01 Heckler.

    Now to hold off UGI until xmas or later. Yeah right.
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    Reminds me of mine very much! Nice. How long is your stem? I am the same height as you , and I use an 80 mm.
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    90mm

    I'm using a 90mm stem and it works great. I wouldn't mind trying a shorter stem out for the heck of it but i'm perfectly happy with my 90mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuget
    I'm using a 90mm stem and it works great. I wouldn't mind trying a shorter stem out for the heck of it but i'm perfectly happy with my 90mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuget
    Surprised no one has said that this thread is worthless without pics yet.

    Here's my moto as it was direct from BikerBob this spring. I've since debadged the fork and stickers on the frame along with breaking a few parts in the past couple months.

    Once again i'm 5'8" with a 30" inseam and couldn't have picked a better bike. Plenty of standover, balanced while jumping, and fast as ice. Worlds different over my past '01 Heckler.

    Now to hold off UGI until xmas or later. Yeah right.

    gorgeous bike...Im hoping mine will be here next week from rbikes.com! anymore pics?

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    I'm 5'8" with 30" inseam and weigh 250lbs (dang weight crept up 10 lbs this year) and I ride small with 100mm stem. I had a chance to try out medium and although I had no issue with it, I prefered the small over the medium and I have no regrets.

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    Pics you say...here's my small 06 ML.


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    Here's my small ML
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