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    Is a 29in. bike right for me?

    Am trying to decide what type of bike to get. Was told this weekend that a 29in. bike would not be a good fit for me as I'm 5'4".

    Other than toe overlap, what other issues might make as 29in. bike a bad choice?

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    Standover could be an issue too.

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    Yeah, that'll probably also be an issue. However a just less than 28inch standover height appears promising for me. Also, the Niner sight notes the need to goe to a 71 degree head tube to help eliminate toe overlap on their small frame.

    I guess what I'd like to know is whether its likely that the benefits of a 29in. bike begin to be more offset by the negatives of trying to make the larger wheels work on a frame for a shorter rider such as myself.

    thanks.

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    blah blah blah

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    It may be interesting to measure your current bikes toe clearance and BB-front axle measurement. So you'll know how close a bike will be. The custom builders out there, especially Walt and Spicer, have vast experience to getting 29" bikes to fit giants like yourself :-)

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    Here's a couple pictures of a guy with a 30"inseam and size 10 shoe on a 15" 29 Fisher. They may help in judging standover and overlap.
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