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    GF needs mtn bike

    Well the GF wants to learn to mtnbike after a half lifetime as a roadie.
    So, anyone have any leads on a low priced used or new full suspension mtnbike near Denver? Places to look other than mtbr, craigs lists or ebay? Looking for a frame for someone around 5'1"?

    Thanks much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peteg
    Well the GF wants to learn to mtnbike after a half lifetime as a roadie.
    So, anyone have any leads on a low priced used or new full suspension mtnbike near Denver? Places to look other than mtbr, craigs lists or ebay? Looking for a frame for someone around 5'1"?

    Thanks much.
    -pg
    I've got a '98 Proflex 856 in pretty good shape that I'd sell for $300 fully built (mostly XT) - size 15. Great bike, just old technology

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    Quote Originally Posted by s1ngletrack
    I've got a '98 Proflex 856 in pretty good shape that I'd sell for $300 fully built (mostly XT) - size 15. Great bike, just old technology
    I've never seen a Proflex. However, 15" might still be too big for someone with a 28" inseam ... not me, the GF.

    -pg

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    I'm a 27 inch inseam, and road a 16.5 for my first bike(granted it was a touch big). If you're looking for smaller than that, good luck. Seriously. Not too many makers of full size mtb's go smaller than that. Titus and Jamis go pretty small, can't think of any others off hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibmkidIII
    I'm a 27 inch inseam, and road a 16.5 for my first bike(granted it was a touch big). If you're looking for smaller than that, good luck. Seriously. Not too many makers of full size mtb's go smaller than that. Titus and Jamis go pretty small, can't think of any others off hand.
    That helps ..... I reckon that means I'm looking for a 15-16" bike for the girlie.

    -pg

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteg
    That helps ..... I reckon that means I'm looking for a 15-16" bike for the girlie.

    -pg
    Could always just go check out some bikes at a shop that are fairly cheap or whatever fits your budget. Plus that way she'd get to try several different kinds and see what fit her best as well as which ones rode best. I dunno, just a thought.
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    Might have one!

    Quote Originally Posted by peteg
    That helps ..... I reckon that means I'm looking for a 15-16" bike for the girlie.

    -pg
    PM me for some more info if you like.-J

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteg
    That helps ..... I reckon that means I'm looking for a 15-16" bike for the girlie.

    -pg

    specialized and santa cruz both make womens specific frames in the 14.5" and smaller range. i believe alot of other manufactures do as well, but finding a used one that fits her needs might be hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwj
    specialized and santa cruz both make womens specific frames in the 14.5" and smaller range. i believe alot of other manufactures do as well, but finding a used one that fits her needs might be hard.
    That's the big problem here. Don't want to spend the cash for a quality bike until I know she'll ride. And don't want to put her on a bike that'll make her hate mtn biking. Unlike most guys if a chick crashes or has a bad experience she'll probably not want to do it again. I suppose that's a sweeping generalization but its quite true. I personally think road biking is more dangerous.
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    I have a M Schwinn Rocket 88 that might fit her. The TT could be a bit long, I'll measure it tonight, but with a short stem, that wouldn't be too much of an issue.

    The standover should be fine, my GF rode it, she's 5'4" (she has long legs, short torso).

    It's just a frame with seatpost, but I have an older fork and the original wheels, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad1433
    I have a M Schwinn Rocket 88 that might fit her. The TT could be a bit long, .....
    Sure! standover height is what I'm most concerned with. The GF's inseam is 26-27" so something like that in standover. Perhaps you could put a coupla old wheels on to see where the top tube ends up?
    Thanks much.

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    Pete - looks like the standover on the ProFlex is right at 28" - also, the frame is actually a 14", not a 15" like I told you earlier. Not sure if it makes a difference to you , but it might be worth noting that many FS bike do not have the same standover clearance that their hardtail counterparts do. Let me know if you think that this might work for you girlfriend.

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    Schwinn Mesa GSD hard tail with Hayes Mech disc brakes at Performance starting tomorrow for $289.00.

    Give it a look:
    http://www.schwinnbike.com/products/...ail.php?id=417

    Sale starts tomorrow:
    http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?SKU=19660
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    Thanks for the Performance beta!
    Overall, thanks to all for the advice and bike offers. This is a short girl and finding the right sized bike looks to be difficult at best.

    -pete g.

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    The 15" Schwinn (smallest frame available) would probably be a bit tall for her.

    Check the Jamis line...my wife is 5'4" and rides a 13" Dakar very comfortably. I also found and built up a 12" Jamis Eureka frame for my son...he was 10 at the time and it he just barely fit it. Now he's going on 12 and he's got a few years room to grow on it.



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    '04 Jamis Dakar XC Pro 13"

    Quote Originally Posted by peteg
    Well the GF wants to learn to mtnbike after a half lifetime as a roadie.
    So, anyone have any leads on a low priced used or new full suspension mtnbike near Denver? Places to look other than mtbr, craigs lists or ebay? Looking for a frame for someone around 5'1"?

    Thanks much.
    -pg
    Peteg,

    Sounds like the Jamis Dakar XC Pro 13" is the frame for her:

    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/04_xc_pro.html#
    http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/05_xc_pro.html#

    standover 27.38"

    Mountain High Cyclery in Loveland had one in stock that they sold to a woman that was 5"1 with a 27.5" inseam and it fit her perfect with a 90mm stem.


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    Finding a suitable bike is much harder than I thought. Just if we were all one size.
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