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    18" Vintage GT MTB for 6'1"

    Hey Everyone,

    I have the opportunity to get an affordable 1999 GT Backwoods MTB. I know it's old and outdated, but I am primarily looking to hit some trails w/my 7yo son and see how we like mountain biking. Plus, I have a soft spot for GT's!

    I'm not going to be riding competitively or hitting crazy trails, and I have a road bike for general riding. This will be primarily to hit up local beginner trails and paths, etc.

    The frame is 18" (center of BB to center of seat tube/top tube junction.). I'm 6'1" w/a 34" inseam.

    Will this be a good fit for me?

    I'm in a rural area and have to drive a bit of a distance to see the bike. Just trying to get an idea if it's worth the ride.

    Any insight on how vintage GT MTB's fit people would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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    well as a data point, i'm 6'1" and have had a 1995 20" GT Tempest since new. Bike shop put me on it when I was 15 and not even this height...I was supposed to "grow into it". I don't have much standover room when i'm on uneven ground but it always felt good while riding, with my long arms and legs. 175mm crank arms, 105mm/6* stem.

    I've always wanted to test an 18" as I think that would be a better fit for aggressive riding. But only use this bike gets is keeping up w/ my 7yr old around the neighborhood trails.

    So my vote is go get it.

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    I went ahead and bought it, and I think it fits great! It feels like the perfect amount of standover room, and is really easy to get cruising on.

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    The geometry on my 1995 has a completely horizontal top tube. Not sure what changes occurred through '99, but at 18" your standover height should be comfortable and overall a good fit.

    You can always change stems and handlebars to adjust the fit slightly. I replaced the 120mm stem for a 105, and got rid of the heavy narrow steel handlebars for light wider alloy. I'd like to try a riser bar.

    If you are mechanically inclined, I'd recommend you go through all the components. giving everything a good cleaning, regreasing, and adjustment.

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