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    Am I Too Small for a Large?

    I have been riding a medium Trek Liquid for the past 2 years, until I rented an Enduro out in Moab, and a Med Schwinn before that. The bike shop recommended I ride a large, and to my surprise I really liked it. We visit Moab atleast once a year, and on trails that I know well (pritchett canyon and porcupine rim, for instance) the bike felt a lot more stable and confidence inspiring, especially at high speeds on rough jeep roads and ledgy descents, and after two days I was dead set on buying a large frame for my next bike. Well, it's spring 07 and I'm going to buy an Intense Uzzi VPX or a Spec SX Trail. Thing is, I'm only 5'10" and 150lbs, so am I way outside a large in either of these bikes?

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    It depends on the bike, and rider preference. Some people like bigger bikes, some people like smaller bikes. That said, if I were you, I wouldn't be very comfortable on a large, though it is doable. I prefer smaller bikes though.

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    im 5'10'' and 155...and my dh bike is a small, i would definately go with a medium cause i just cant see how you can ride a large...

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    A bike is worthless if it doesn't fit you right. You'll be uncomfortable and inefficient, and you won't enjoy yourself when you ride.

    Only you can tell whether or not a bike fits you right.

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    Yeah, 5'10" is usually a medium. Maybe the bike you rented runs small or the shop was just out of medium rentals when you came by.
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    well said just get out there and try some stuff out and be sure your comfortable cause your throwing down some seriouse money for something your going to have for a good amount of time..

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    it depends if you fell comfertable on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phib1134
    it depends if you fell comfertable on it.
    There you have it folks. The intelligent words from phibb.

    But in all seriousness. I was in the same boat as you on the Uzzi. I'm 6' and I went with a medium. It works out great and I'm glad I didn't go with a large. I don't know what your inseam is, but my boys really appriciate those extra two inches on the medium

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    its all rider preference... if you are comfOrtable on a large then go for it.
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    Get the bike you think fits you, for example Robbie Bourdon uses a big bike and he is rather short, so get the one you feel good in

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    I am 6'1" and chose a medium asx over a large. While i would appreciate a bit more room for anything leaning towards an all-mountain ride, the geometry of the medium is just about perfect for freeride and downhill. Having ridden the large, i know i would enjoy it a bit less when the riding gets steep and technical.

    Remember, sometimes its fun to have a nimble bike that can be thrown around.

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    ...i'm also 6'1" / 160#'s - i ride a medium

    i like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover Nick
    There you have it folks. The intelligent words from phibb.

    But in all seriousness. I was in the same boat as you on the Uzzi. I'm 6' and I went with a medium. It works out great and I'm glad I didn't go with a large. I don't know what your inseam is, but my boys really appriciate those extra two inches on the medium

    I am just over 6 foot and I ride a medium, plus 205 pound body.......The bike is right at it's limit for my size...any bigger and I would move up a size
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    huh. Alright, thanks. Does Specialized stuff run small (I road a large 2006 Enduro for 2 days) ??? I've got an 06 Nomad built up with a Nixon, DHX Air, 100mm Thompson stem and Azonic riser bars, and the cockpit feels cramped too me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitMan
    huh. Alright, thanks. Does Specialized stuff run small (I road a large 2006 Enduro for 2 days) ??? I've got an 06 Nomad built up with a Nixon, DHX Air, 100mm Thompson stem and Azonic riser bars, and the cockpit feels cramped too me.
    could be....each manu is a little bit different....

    check w/ the manu for details....could even vary from frame to frame...

    what size is your Nomad?


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    I'll chime in...I'm 6' and I ride a medium. I had a large Giant DH and thought it was too big. I really liked my medium Bullit, and I currently ride a med. Blur 4x and med Gravity....if that helps

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    oh yeah, a medium.

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    I'm 5'10" and a smidgin and I ride a large SX-Trail. If I was using it for lift assisted riding, I'd strongly consider the medium. The Large is a big bike. It's nearly identical to my XC bike in effective TT, which is great for me as 90% of the riding I do on it involves riding uphill first. The more DH oriented you are, the more I'd consider a medium.

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    Thanks BikeMK. That is a tough question - I always ride up (I haven't done any lift-assisted riding yet) but can pretty much say that I live for coming down. Why is a med better for DH? Here's what I'm leaning toward: Uzzi VPX w/ 888 SL ATA or 66 RC2 ETA w/ a short stem & riser bars.

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    i have no intentions of hijacking this thread but im geting a stinky primo andim 5'6 but still growing......i should get a medium right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CircuitMan
    Thanks BikeMK. That is a tough question - I always ride up (I haven't done any lift-assisted riding yet) but can pretty much say that I live for coming down. Why is a med better for DH? Here's what I'm leaning toward: Uzzi VPX w/ 888 SL ATA or 66 RC2 ETA w/ a short stem & riser bars.
    MK has said it...

    Shorter cockpit makes the bike more maneuverable.

    I'm 6', but have long arms and torso, went with a large VpX. The Uzzi has a shortish cockpit to begin with though. You really need to measure the bikes you've ridden (get tt and stem measurements), and figure out what you want. I had a medium frame and it was not comfortable climbing.

    Check Redstone Cyclery, Dave got me a great deal on an Uzzi http://www.redstonecyclery.com/redstone/home.htm

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    5'10" here, sized by maker

    of my Vtach. Inseam of 31"; a quick ride on the medium made it too small - Noel (Knolly) simply said "too small, get off". Use the TT measurement for comfort. I need a 24" TT to not smash knees on the bars. Even my XC ride (06 Stumpy) is a large...and the TT is 24".

    As other have said, it's got to fit right.

    good luck, Jim

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    It depends a lot on how long your arms and torso are. Just your height isn't really enough info. For example, I'm 5'11", but have very, very long arms, so I ride larges. That's what's comfortable for me. If my arms weren't as long, I'd go for mediums, but the cockpit on them is generally pretty crampt for me. I like a 24" TT for FR/AM bikes, and a little longer on my XC rigs.

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    ok sweet, thanks

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