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    Titus Racer X 29er owners - can you help me pick the size ?

    Hi there,

    I'm almost ready to buy one, but not sure about the size. Unfortunately, they're not sold in my area, so I can't just go and try one.
    I'm between 5'10" and 5'11", 32" inseam, 180 lbs (it weight matters). So I'm torn between medium and small. Anyone of about the same size as me owns one ?

    Thanks a bunch!

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    small (23.25 inch top tube).

    I am 5'10", 32 inch inseam - I rode a small RX 29er with a 90mm stem.

    I now ride a medium Tallboy with a 100mm stem.

    So, those are my thoughts.
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    Hey my rx brother I'm 6' 200 lbs I'm on a medium w/ a 110 mm stem. At first I was going w a lrg. I called Titus and was told a lrg was to big. They were right. Good friend of mine is 5'8"" he's on a s
    small rx. Oh by the way ur going to love it !!!!!!!!!! Ride on

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    I'm 6'1 and ride a medium with a 110 stem and the seat set back a little bit

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    Call Titus and ask them. The guys there are great and they know their stuff.

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    more to it

    Quote Originally Posted by eugenelt
    Hi there,

    I'm almost ready to buy one, but not sure about the size. Unfortunately, they're not sold in my area, so I can't just go and try one.
    I'm between 5'10" and 5'11", 32" inseam, 180 lbs (it weight matters). So I'm torn between medium and small. Anyone of about the same size as me owns one ?

    Thanks a bunch!
    Is 32 your pants length? Measure inseam to the ground.

    Crank bolt to saddle rail measurement on your current bike?

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    I'm going to vote medium. I'm 5'10" with long arms and 32" pant inseam size, I run a medium and it's perfect. 24" TT is maybe a cat's hair too short from what I'm used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jodyc
    Hey my rx brother I'm 6' 200 lbs I'm on a medium w/ a 110 mm stem. At first I was going w a lrg. I called Titus and was told a lrg was to big. They were right. Good friend of mine is 5'8"" he's on a s
    small rx. Oh by the way ur going to love it !!!!!!!!!! Ride on
    iam actually 5'7'' gunk weed.
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    I am 6' with a 32 inseam and ride a Large, could ride a Medium just prefer the longer top tube. Our shop manager rides a Medium and he is 5'10" with a 31.5 inseam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbob.com
    Is 32 your pants length? Measure inseam to the ground.

    Crank bolt to saddle rail measurement on your current bike?
    Nah, 32 is from the ground, and shoes will add some.
    Measured the standover on my bike, and it's ~29", vs 30.7" on Titus.. Might be too close for comfort on steep trails.. but maybe not.

    Crank bolt to saddle rail measurement - didn't measure yet, will check it tonight.

    pimpbot, Spinning Lizard - are you riding mostly in flats ?

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    I'm 6'2 and test rode a medium and it was a great fit. This shop owner is also around my height and rides a meduim. I don't think comparing your old bike is relevant here. If you normally ride a meduim, you could probably ride a small frame. Being that you are buying over the internet, go with the meduim for the longer top tube and run a smaller stem.

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    I'm mostly concerned about stand-over.. Don't have kids yet, you know
    I usually ride standing, so I think I'd prefer a bit longer bike - I'm too often find myself hanging over the front wheel.
    I guess I can try LBS, and ask if they have bike of the same height.. One weird request

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    Quote Originally Posted by eugenelt
    I'm mostly concerned about stand-over.. Don't have kids yet, you know
    I usually ride standing, so I think I'd prefer a bit longer bike - I'm too often find myself hanging over the front wheel.
    I guess I can try LBS, and ask if they have bike of the same height.. One weird request
    Stand over eh? Are you set on this bike? Try looking at different frames with sloping top tube? I like the ride but it was too stiff for me. Would have made a great racer fer sure. In the end, I went with a friend's company and picked up an EWR owb29er. Stand over will never be an issue and the steel frame is nice and compliant (coming from a Trek8500).
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    Quote Originally Posted by eugenelt
    Hi there,

    I'm almost ready to buy one, but not sure about the size. Unfortunately, they're not sold in my area, so I can't just go and try one.
    I'm between 5'10" and 5'11", 32" inseam, 180 lbs (it weight matters). So I'm torn between medium and small. Anyone of about the same size as me owns one ?

    Thanks a bunch!
    Medium with a 100mm stem. I ride a medium and I am 5'-11''. I think you will feel to cramped on a small and would have to run too long a stem to feel comfortable.

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    Standover on the RX is pretty tall.

    What is the effective top tube length of your current bike?

    Fit it based on the effective top tube length if you are comfortable on yours.

    At 5'10" - I fit perfectly on a medium Racer X (26 inch), the 29er in a small had the same top tube length - presto, worked great.

    Just because it is a 29er doesn't mean your cockpit length should change.
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    Small Here...

    I am just a tad under 5' 10" with a 32.25 barefoot inseam. I ride a small with the 23.25 ETT. I use a 80mm stem. I cannot imagine riding anything with a longer top-tube.

    I rides great though...Awesome frame!
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    Flats?

    Quote Originally Posted by eugenelt
    Nah, 32 is from the ground, and shoes will add some.
    Measured the standover on my bike, and it's ~29", vs 30.7" on Titus.. Might be too close for comfort on steep trails.. but maybe not.

    Crank bolt to saddle rail measurement - didn't measure yet, will check it tonight.

    pimpbot, Spinning Lizard - are you riding mostly in flats ?
    Whachu mean? I run SPDs, and ride mostly XC with some steep ups and downs. I love the way this thing climbs. On my regular boring workout loop, I run up a steep rocky fireroad that ascends like 600 vertical feet in one big swoop. In 20/34 granny gear I could only clean it about 30% of the time top to bottom on my 26er, but get it around 75% of the time on the 29er. Usually when I don't clean it its because my rear wheel spins out and I put a foot down. How much walking do you plan to do while straddling the bike?

    It's also great on the rollercoaster tight singletrack bits. Very point and shoot, even with the flexy noodlemaster2000 Reba fork. The frame is nice and stiff in the directions it should be.

    Don't worry about standover. Seriously... non-issue. This is not a road bike, or a mountain bike from 1985. Worry about the TT length. If you can't directly put a foot down, you can tip the bike slightly to either side and put a foot down. Standover is a non-issue, IMO. The freeride cats running 7 inches of travel have no standover, and they ride way more gnar than you ever will on an XC bike. Knowwadimean?

    That said, I have plenty of standover on my medium, and like I said before... 33" inseam size on my Levi's 550s. Oh wait... got it wrong earlier.... I said 32 before. No, 33 is right.


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    5'10" 34" inseam Small RX29 23.25 TT 90mm stem, Thomson setback post [16mm] with 7mm saddle setback 100mm G2 offset fork.

    Best fit of any MTB I have ever owned. The G2 fork was made for this frame, steering is perfect. Love it!

    The seat tube angle of these bikes are not as steep as advertised [about 2 degrees slack] so if you have long legs for your height they are easy to get the right saddle setback. That was my experience with mine.
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    prolly because...

    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyside
    5'10" 34" inseam Small RX29 23.25 TT 90mm stem, Thomson setback post [16mm] with 7mm saddle setback 100mm G2 offset fork.

    Best fit of any MTB I have ever owned. The G2 fork was made for this frame, steering is perfect. Love it!

    The seat tube angle of these bikes are not as steep as advertised [about 2 degrees slack] so if you have long legs for your height they are easy to get the right saddle setback. That was my experience with mine.
    spec on the small is based on an 80mm fork, not the 100mm you got on there.

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    Well, standover is somewhat important to me cause I find myself hopping off the bike quite often - still suck at riding quite a bit So if I happen to hit a rock or whatever when riding downhill and hop off in front of the saddle - that might hurt..
    But anywho, I guess I'm going to try to find a bike of similar size in my lbs, and try that..
    Actually, went to one yesterday and found a bike that is a tad smaller than medium Titus, but they were about to close, so I didn't have a chance to ride it.
    But I get what people mean when they say about riding in the bike, as opposed to riding on the bike Feels like it ought to be a lot more stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    spec on the small is based on an 80mm fork, not the 100mm you got on there.
    I know, that's why I went with the 51mm offset fork to quicken the steering a bit, so I could run it at 100mm. Worked out great.

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    That's why....

    Quote Originally Posted by eugenelt
    Well, standover is somewhat important to me cause I find myself hopping off the bike quite often - still suck at riding quite a bit So if I happen to hit a rock or whatever when riding downhill and hop off in front of the saddle - that might hurt..
    But anywho, I guess I'm going to try to find a bike of similar size in my lbs, and try that..
    Actually, went to one yesterday and found a bike that is a tad smaller than medium Titus, but they were about to close, so I didn't have a chance to ride it.
    But I get what people mean when they say about riding in the bike, as opposed to riding on the bike Feels like it ought to be a lot more stable.
    Ride downhill with cranks in the 3 and 9 positions. You go over the bars in 12 and 6 because you got nothing for your feet to push against. You hit something, your weight goes forward... and over the bars. Pinch the saddle between your thighs for extra credit control.

    See? You learn something new every day.

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    I know.. 3-9 is my favorite position (on a bike) It's more a thing of a past (I think) when I was slowing down too much before difficult stuff, and sometimes didn't have the momentum to roll over stuff.. Learning not to do that.
    Btw, when you go downhill, are you still able to put your butt behind the saddle, or the bike's too long for that ? Unless you don't feel like you need to given the longer wheel base ?

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    I'm 5'11, love the small with a 110 stem.

    You may want to take some risk out of your purchase since no one locally has one for you. I would check the classifieds and ebay for a slightly used Racer X. Seems as though there have been a few nice ones posted lately in all sizes. Frames seem to be going for reasonable prices these days. Save some cash, take some of the risk out $$$ wise if it doesn't fit right.

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    Nothing to do with wheelbase

    Quote Originally Posted by eugenelt

    I know.. 3-9 is my favorite position (on a bike) It's more a thing of a past (I think) when I was slowing down too much before difficult stuff, and sometimes didn't have the momentum to roll over stuff.. Learning not to do that.
    Btw, when you go downhill, are you still able to put your butt behind the saddle, or the bike's too long for that ? Unless you don't feel like you need to given the longer wheel base ?
    That is the effective TT length. That is, the reach of the bars to the saddle.

    Nah, my tucas goes behind the saddle just fine. I did find that some saddles were easier to get behind than others. I have a WTB Laserbeam DH saddle that I got at a swap meet for $10 back in 2002 or so. Its been on like 6 or 7 different bikes so far.

    Yeah, like Roy says... I love used gear. You can buy stuff, ride it for a while, and often sell it for what you paid for it.... sometimes more if you're lucky. Either way, much less of a 'used hit' to do that than buying new.
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    looking at this bike: Titus Racer X 29er Medium Frame Set 2008 | eBay


    I'm 5'8"


    Trying to figure out if I fit this thing. 22.75" sounds good...
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    Uh....

    Quote Originally Posted by laxman2001 View Post
    looking at this bike: Titus Racer X 29er Medium Frame Set 2008 | eBay


    I'm 5'8"


    Trying to figure out if I fit this thing. 22.75" sounds good...
    I think that is wrong. I'm pretty sure a medium RX29er has a 24" TT. Mine does. Maybe he's measuring actual TT length.

    If you're 5'8" it might be a tad long, but with a 90 or 100mm stem it should be in the ballpark.

    Looks like a great deal if you can land it. I'll bid it up to make sure the value of my frame holds. Nah, just kidding.

    That silver is f'ing sweet!

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    The top tube on the medium is in fact 24". I'm 6'-1" tall and I ride a medium sized frame with a 100mm stem. I don't feel cramped and I don't believe it is too small for me at all.

    Not saying this frame will be too big for you, but it compares to most other manufacturers size large frames.

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    it was a size small.


    Didn't win it though.
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    Bummer. It is a great frame.

    I wouldn't hesitate if you come across another.

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    Racer X 29 is a great bike! Got mine used from MTBR a while back for $775 for the frame. I'm like 5'8", 170, with a 30" inseam and ride a medium with a 70mm stem. I am running a Fox with 15mm QR TA now; huge difference over the noodle like 1st gen Reba. 2x9 drivetrain (30-22 x 11-34).

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