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    6 foot 1, long torso, 30-32 inch inseam would you get 18 or 20 in frame hardtail?

    Hey guys- I really need your help here-

    Here's my stats:

    6 foot 1
    210lbs
    32 inch inseam
    Nuts hang low

    The frame I'm looking at:
    size 18 toptube 22.5
    size 20 toptube 23.25

    I'm looking to get a hardtail frame for mellow xc riding. I used to have a Rocky Mountain Hammer that was a 19 that felt kinda large to me and I used to own a 2004 Redline monocog frame that I sorely miss and was believe it or not like a 16 inch frame- but they have a really long toptube so it felt just fine.

    my question: Would you guys get the 18 or the 20?

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    Hey I am 6'1 , long torso and arms but my measured inseam is 35"

    Are you 30 - 32 in pants sizes or is that the actual measurement all the way up upyour leg ?

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    A 22.5" top tube is way too short for someone your height with a long torso. Of those two choices you should go with the 23.25" top tube, but you still may prefer a longer frame (unless the seat tube angle is really steep).

    For your body type, look for frames that have a long top tube with quite a bit of slope to it (to give you more stand-over).

    Also, ignore the published frame sizes when comparing frames from different companies. What one company calls a 19" may have absolutely nothing to do what another company calls a 19".
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    A 22.5" top tube is way too short for someone your height with a long torso. Of those two choices you should go with the 23.25" top tube, but you still may prefer a longer frame (unless the seat tube angle is really steep).

    For your body type, look for frames that have a long top tube with quite a bit of slope to it (to give you more stand-over).

    Also, ignore the published frame sizes when comparing frames from different companies. What one company calls a 19" may have absolutely nothing to do what another company calls a 19".
    This. I am the opposite and I need to make sure the seat tube is long enough. Go with the longer top tube, shortish stem and wide bars. Wider bars will effectively lengthen the top tube.

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    I am 6ft with a 33inch inseam (measure with a book against a wall between the legs and feet flat on the floor). I always road 18inch frames but just got a large 19inch frame with a 24.5inch top tube. For the first time it feels like I fit the bike even with a 110mm stem and wide bars. It came with a 90mm stem and offset seat post but I wanted a little more weight up front so went to a 0 offset seat post and a 110mm stem. Its perfect.
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    18 all the way.

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    I'm 5-10, wear 32" inseam pants
    I like any size bike with a top tube of around 23.5"

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    I'm almost 6'3" with a 32" inseam. I've found that a 23" actual top tube or 24" virtual top tube fits me fairly well on the trail.

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