i was just at a trek demo and rode some bikes on trails. i test rode a 19.5 remedy 27.5 and felt some discomfort in my lower back and shoulders, like i was stretched out or hunched over too much. i then test rode a 18.5 fuel 29 and it felt really good. i did ride the back of the seat for the best pedaling position.
heres the thing, i am 6'3. the bike fitters wanted me to ride a xl or large (they didnt have a large there). i had previously rode a xl and hated it, the bike was like a school bus with handling. but the 18.5 felt amazing, i had no problems manualing sections or bunny hopping it. it also corned great. i could feel the smaller size on climbs but it never effected me
trek says the 18.5 has a effective top tube of 24.09", and my current bike is a large with a 24" ETT and 60mm stem
what am i doing wrong here?
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