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    Reach, stack, and ETT (Bandit 29 sizing... again)

    So I am looking at a 2013 B29 frame. I am 6'0 with an inseam around 34.5", maybe even a little longer. (Pants inseam is 34", fwiw. )

    I have always ridden size large from any brand. These days I am usually on an ETT around 24.5" with a 90mm stem. My riding is XC-ish, light trail. Lots of narrow flowing single track with many short ups and downs. Not a lot of drops or big rocks. I do like to hit the occasional jump.

    I am looking at the B29 not so much as a monster trail hucking machine but as more of a full suspension version of my Yelli Screamy. I find that the "short and slack" geo works very well for my riding / trails and is a whole lot of fun.

    Transition sizing guidelines would put me on a large B29. If I look at reach and stack measurements, this seems close to other recent frames I have had. The only big difference is ETT being around 1" shorter than I am used to.

    I think that I could fit a L or XL. My main worry about the XL would be that the longer wheelbase would be too similar to my current FS. I am looking for something more "Yelli-like".

    Given my size and riding style, what size would you recommend? No chance that I will be able to demo one. There are no Trans dealers anywhere near me.

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    Reach, stack, and ETT (Bandit 29 sizing... again)

    One more comment... Most of my rides are 2.5 hours or less. Occasionally I go for a much longer spin, but those are rare.

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    At 6' you are spot on for a large. Steeper seat angle and (relatively) slacker head angle make for a bit shorter TT length. For a fun and playful bike at your size you would want a large. The XL will be a very big bike... rideable by a 6' person for sure... but lengthy and stable. Not playful.

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    I'm very similar to you and went with a large 2012 bandit 29. I really like the short TT compared to longer bikes i've had in the past. Your experience may vary, it's subjective, but i like it and XL would be a mistake for me.

    Running 80mm stem and 710mm wide bars. I have a 60mm stem to try to but haven't bothered because i'm happy with the fit as-is.

    my dimensions:
    Inseam 33.5 in
    Trunk 24 in
    Forearm 13.75 in
    Arm 24 in
    Thigh 23.5 in
    Lower Leg 22 in
    Sternal Notch 59 in
    Total Body Height 72.5 in
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    I ride a large Yelli with a 40mm stem and a large bandit 26 with a short 40mm stem as well. My inseam and height are similar to you. I felt like the Bandit came alive when I installed the stubby stem.

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