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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! FAQ: Show your Tiny 29ers- smaller than or equal 16" frames

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    A certain number of riders search for 29ers for women 160cm and shorter, therefore please post your pictures of 16 and smaller inched 29ers. Preferably FS- these look comical.

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    Here's another re-do

    I posted this ~17 months ago. Since then, the bike's received American Classic wheels, an XTR crankset, and a nicer stem. The lad will be 13 in a few weeks, and (surprisingly) isn't wanting anything else, yet. He outclimbed the entire group yesterday on this, in some really mucky conditions, if I may brag for a moment.......


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    Dude, it's not the size of the frame that matters (or some im told)

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    Here's my comical Small Leviathan (22.5" ETT):



    More photos of this and my similarly-sized Vulture at https://wriconsult.com/bike/lev.html
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    Glowboy, is your pups head permanately turned to the right?

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    My 29ers are 16" and 15.5" respectively, sorry no pics.

    Also check out Lorenza Menapace page for pictures (it's in Italian), http://www.lorenzamenapace.it/ . She's about 4'9, got a 5th place in the women category at the 2007 24h of Moab, first race ever on a 29er, a stock niner emd. She chose not to race her own 26er because she was doing faster times on the emd. She had never been on a 29er until a few days before the race, therefore she knew nothing about them, including that 29ers are for tall people only and she's not supposed to go faster on one

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblspeed
    My 29ers are 16" and 15.5" respectively, sorry no pics.

    Also check out Lorenza Menapace page for pictures (it's in Italian), https://www.lorenzamenapace.it/ . She's about 4'9, got a 5th place in the women category at the 2007 24h of Moab, first race ever on a 29er, a stock niner emd. She chose not to race her own 26er because she was doing faster times on the emd. She had never been on a 29er until a few days before the race, therefore she knew nothing about them, including that 29ers are for tall people only and she's not supposed to go faster on one
    She looks taller than 4'9" and is that a special sized EMD for her? The front end looks to be different - but maybe that's what a small sized EMD looks like?

    great looking bike and rider too!


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    Yeah I think she looks kind of cute too. I'm not sure about her height though, she might look taller than 4'9, 151cm., because of her figure. You'd have to go check yourself at the 2008 Moab to be sure

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    Good job!

    Show me more tiny 29ers. 26" pepole can't wait
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    Here's my 16" in it's current state. I've got some fresh hubs n' hoops for it.


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    my short wife is drooling!! Any used small 29'r's around for a 5'2" ...?

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    this is going to get good

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    Devin's first small Lenzsport Behemoth.... Top tube is 22.8" and standover is 29.6" at the lowest spot by the saddle. I am 5'7", wear 33" inseam jeans, and have little extra room on this bike so this "small" frame is defintely not for a tiny person.
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    A couple 16 inchers

    Here's our 16 inch race bikes. The shorter one of us is 5' 1"
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    Here are a few (customer supplied) pics of a frame we did for someone 5'3". I don't recall what the ST length is because ETT is what I use to size the bike. Her ETT was 22.8" and her bar drop was zero (equal to her seat height). This was important to her to prevent the "sit up and beg" position.




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    CBaron - you build some mighty nice and classy looking frames!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    Devin's first small Lenzsport Behemoth.... Top tube is 22.8" and standover is 29.6" at the lowest spot by the saddle. I am 5'7", wear 33" inseam jeans, and have little extra room on this bike so this "small" frame is defintely not for a tiny person.
    Sweet ride! I think I might have seen you out on the trail a few weeks ago, have you been on Milagrosa at all this month?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chadfbrown
    Sweet ride! I think I might have seen you out on the trail a few weeks ago, have you been on Milagrosa at all this month?
    Why yes... I have been on Milagrosa within the past month on my new ride We (me and Orange) have also been spotted on Corona Loma, Geromino, Holbert, Goat Camp, Pass Mountain... Unfortunately my new-bike love affair came to an abrupt halt when I lifted a 600-lb cactus (not sure how heavy, but definitely too heavy) on Jan 1. Time will hopefully heal this pain and I'll be back out there soon.

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    My Wife's 16" Misfit DiSSent

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    my wifes dissent...it happens to be a real-live 15.3" not that freak 16" BWB mentioned.

    she loves it so much she wont put pedals on it...not that the weather has anything to do with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    She looks taller than 4'9" and is that a special sized EMD for her? The front end looks to be different - but maybe that's what a small sized EMD looks like?

    great looking bike and rider too!

    Says she's 161cm, 5'3"

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    07 Kona Kula 2-9, 16" that I built up a few months ago.
    Standover height is still about 27".


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    My 16" Karate Monkey.

    I'm 5'6", 140 lbs....

    You ran this race with no real heart
    Yeah right back at the start
    You'd already lost it

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    here's mine. small SIR9. I'm 5'5" and my inseam is @29 1/2 inches. this frame
    just fits
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    Tiny 29er frame and fork by Chris Igleheart.



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    hi, i'm lorenza....m'i 1.61 cm



    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    She looks taller than 4'9" and is that a special sized EMD for her? The front end looks to be different - but maybe that's what a small sized EMD looks like?

    great looking bike and rider too!


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    HI Lorenza, what size niner are you riding? I am 5'2"
    thanks
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    New question here.

    Lorenza do you race/would you like to race full suspension Jet9? Or any FS 29er?
    How much does your current bike weight?

    Niners in black are gorgeous especially Jet9


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    Rick Hunter's got a pic of small 29er frame he just finished, posted on his blog at:
    http://huntercycles.blogspot.com/200...-down-low.html

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    Hi THenne, i ride a S Size!!! A Niner Air

    David ma ciao!!!! Bell'italiano! i'll think that l'll race with a jet9 and a Air!!! my current bike weight 9.6 kg!!


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    small (11") Black Sheep

    Great standover clearance with 430mm A-C fork and curved top tube.
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    28" Standover height. 21.5" ETT. Shown with both sets of wheels.
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    feathed Your 11" 29er is so small that it looks like a 36er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THenne
    my short wife is drooling!! Any used small 29'r's around for a 5'2" ...?

    i have an 15" '08 redline flight monogog ss with one ride one it. i will let go for $500 + shipping


    just replaced it with a 17" specialized sj ht. the redline was to small just by a little bit

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    Female Rider is 5'6"

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    Cool camo lowers on the F135

    did you make um?

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    No more tiny-framed 29ers around?

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    This is my 16" again (completed this time).

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    15" Voodoo Dambala (2005)

    Rider is 5'2"
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    Maybe I am wrong, but just because you can get the standover, doesn't mean the rest of the bike 'fits' or works well - 29ers ARE longer (wheelbase and TT) and so would not fit smaller people? and all things are relative - my wife is 5' 1" and fits a weeeeeny Cannondale 26er well - I just don't see how a 29er could be made to fit / handle as well as this thing does...and being 7st as well, she 'floats' over many of the rougher trails I batter through - I use big wheels to help here, she doesn't need them!
    Her bike..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt_outandabout
    I use big wheels to help here, she doesn't need them!
    Since you know what's best for her, unless she independently acts outside your counsel, I guess we'll never know what _she_ feels works better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpre
    Since you know what's best for her, unless she independently acts outside your counsel, I guess we'll never know what _she_ feels works better.

    easy....

    Read the post - she just seems to use balance / light weight / delicate touch, rather than my brute force approach. Also her experience of many slightly too large / long frames, and heavy wheels (made worse by her power/weight ratio) suggests that fit of a small / light bike is really really important....if she didn't think I was an internet geek, she would post this herself ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt_outandabout
    (made worse by her power/weight ratio)
    I've read a number of posts here in the past by small guys trying to debunk the power/weight ratio issue. But as for the rest, it's cool. Plenty of people know by induction what does or doesn't work for them without having personal experience. Of course I bet lots of people here were in that same boat.

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    Small Salsa El Mariachi.


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    Here is my small Zoin 737. I took it out for the first time today .
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    Time to revive an old thread. Just ordered a small Niner EMD. Got a GREAT deal on a full XT A&W Root Beer demo bike Niner took to Interbike. Will post picks once it arrives. BTW I am 5'8", all torso with short legs and t-rex arms, so I went with the small.

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    I'm just your average 6 foot tall, 195 pounder riding a 15 inch 23 inch ETT 29er. Digging the small size so much I just went from a 90mm to a 70mm stem



    Picture stolen from 1stroneone1 (bikes first owner)

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    How about getting enough over the rear wheel? I am 5'8" and can find little flexibility on this point. I cannot bend too much forward and climbs as I loose&break tracion on the rear.

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    DC, if you are asking me, I like the smaller size because I can't be bent over for long periods of time anymore. I broke my back a few years ago so I am more comfortable sitting straight up.

    On standing climbs and desents I can move around just fine on the smaller bike. I also have an XL bullit, a Lrg Preston, a Med v-10 and a Med Giant AC single speed. My next frame will be a small FS XC 29er.

    Try a smaller frame for a long ride and see how it works for you. You might enjoy it.

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    I already use 100mm stem so on a small frame it should be 120mms. Standover owuld be improived. Samll frame would be better for playing but for covering miles medium is better. I always rode/ride 18" frames on 26ers and see that niner rip is slightly bigger at medium, yet it is acceptable.
    I do not lose traction when I lock out the suspension.

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    Bought this used for my 5'5.5" wife. Painted the fork to matched and added Sram 9.0SL and a few other touches. She does not ride singletrack at all but loves how it fits and the comfy ride.
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    I'm 5'8/9" ish and I ride a small El Mariachi and small Niner Air 9. I can also ride a Medium, and have but I prefer the smaller size. My girlfriend is 5'3" and recently had a revelation when she rode my Air 9. I traded her on the trail to have her test it out. We just dropped the seat and away she went. I could barely keep up with her and needless to say it sealed the deal. We're selling her small 26er and she'll be riding my Air 9 when we ride together from now on.



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    work in progress...

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    Picking up her wheelset tomorrow so full build pics should be in by the weekend. (Wheels in pic are mine)

    Rider is 5'6" and she used to ride a size 15" VooDoo HooDoo.

    Fork steerer will be trimmed of course
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    Short stem question

    How are these bikes handling technical climbs with 70mm or 80mm length stems. Anyone experiencing the dreaded wheel flop?

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    I'm not sure what exactly is "wheel flop." I think it means the wheel may go left/right when pedaling which is extenuated (sp?) with a shorter stem. No I don't experience it with my 70mm stem on my 29er. I guess the 29er format actually extends the wheel base slightly versus a 26er. The only time I may notice or actually "see" it, if any at all is when I see my tire marks in the snow. My tire marks look like very elongated arches. This could be anything. Bad form or trail conditions based on the amount of snow. These arches also appear when I ride my 26er. The 29er format doesn't feel at all woobly or slower because of any "wheel flop" like you mentioned. In fact I think it feels straighter. Now when I test road a full suspension GF I couldn't keep a straight line. That FS needed to be fitted to me which I didn't have time to experiment. Also I think FS may turn a little akward (not used to) due to angles produced by the front and rear suspension. I really don't need suspension on a 29er in Illinois+Wisconsin area.

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    I had wheel flop on my RM Slayer SXC with a 160 fox up front and a 70mm stem.

    I havn`t got flop at all on my Niner with a 70mm stem. I think that has more to do with head angles than wheel size.
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    I'm 5'6"ish, this is a 16" Jabber.


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    I'll play:
    16" (Small) Salsa Mamasita - Stem is 70mm / 20 degree, and Hi-Rise easton cnt bars, I am 5'6" ish, with a 28ish inseam. - I love my bikes to be comfortable and easy on my terrible back (even at my young (low 20s) age, my back is pretty messed up and limits my ride time 2nd only to saddle-sore). Thinking the few spacers above stem will go under for a ride or two, since I seem to get back pain after about 2hrs of riding. I also crank a lot more on this bike compared to plush FS 26 - but clearance and fit seem great. It is definitely in the right range, especially if you don't want a "comfort" MTB.



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    I am 5'7" with a 29" inseam, and always been a fan of small frames. Here is my 16" On One Scandal:
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    2009 Salsa Dos Niner (16)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Menapace Lorenza
    hi, i'm lorenza....m'i 1.61 cm
    Hi Lorenza!
    Post us some more pics of your race!

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