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    choosing size- Surly Karate Monkey

    I am gunning for a KM. I ride a 17" Redline Monocog 26 right now with a 80mm stem and 685mm bars. I am 5'9" with a 32" inseam. I am stuck between choosing the 16" and 18" KM. according to the Competitive Cyclist calculator, I should be looking for a frame with a 23.2"-23.6" ETT
    16" KM= 22.7" ETT
    18" KM= 23.6" ETT

    assuming my measurements of my body plugged into Competitive are accurate, that puts the 18" frame at the large end of what should fit me. would it be better to err on the side of too big and put a short stem on it, or too big with a long stem? the 31.2" standover has me a little worried too, but I think it will be ok.

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    Hmmm 16" seems a little too small for someone 5'9", then again I am just guessing here. A layback seatpost is another option in addition to a longer stem if you decide to go for the 16".

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    FWIW, I'm 6'1 and have the 18" with a layback post and it fits me like a glove. Any chance you can find one to throw a leg over?

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    I say the 18. I'm 5'10, but my inseam is a little shorter than yours, and the 18 would definitely fit me better than the 16.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I am gunning for a KM. I ride a 17" Redline Monocog 26 right now with a 80mm stem and 685mm bars. I am 5'9" with a 32" inseam. I am stuck between choosing the 16" and 18" KM. according to the Competitive Cyclist calculator, I should be looking for a frame with a 23.2"-23.6" ETT
    16" KM= 22.7" ETT
    18" KM= 23.6" ETT

    assuming my measurements of my body plugged into Competitive are accurate, that puts the 18" frame at the large end of what should fit me. would it be better to err on the side of too big and put a short stem on it, or too big with a long stem? the 31.2" standover has me a little worried too, but I think it will be ok.
    I'm 5'-10" with a ~30" inseam. I usually ride 17"-19" bikes (more often 19"). The 18" KM was too big, I rode it for a while and then got a 16". Fits much better. I run a 70mm stem on it. I was really surprised because the top tube of the 18" is right around what I usually ride, but it just felt too long. Had to run a 50mm stem to make it fit right.

    Also, on mine they measure the seat tube to the top tube junction, not to the seat collar, so the standover was really tight on the 18". Mine is an `07, the new ones may measure differently.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    OP - what's the ETT on your Redline? You can use it as a reference bike.
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