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    What wheel size / frame type do you use most often?

    I'm also interested to know how tall you are, as not all frame types / wheel sizes are best for all rider heights.

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    I'm 5'7" tall, and I'm still pretty comfortable on 26" mountain bikes, although in some instances, 29ers are really nice, especially on more technical terrain. Haven't had much experience on 27.5" mountain bikes. How about you?

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    5'7" here on a medium 29+
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    By coincidence i have more 29ers than any other (all of them will take 27.5 Plus, and one will also take fat wheels/tyres) size

    im 6 foot 1, my hight has zero bearing on wheel size of bike I pick has. Unless you are under 5', it shouldn't for anyone else either.

    2x 27.5
    1 29er that will take 27.5 plus if needed
    1 27.5 plus that i have set up as a 29er (i don't like plus tyres)
    1 fat bike, that i alternate between 29x2.4 and 26x4.8

    All 'large', but all different geometry

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    What wheel size / frame type do you use most often?

    The one beneath my bum.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    5'10"

    29+ Surly Krampus is my only MTB

    large frame, though in hindsight wish I had a medium
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    5'7 on 29ers. I'm almost always in between sizes so I generally try to stick between 600-630mm ETT, less than 430mm ST, and 420-460mm reach. Stem length adjusted for longer bikes. So sizing can be different on each brand and type of bike. I find that these specific ranges in geometry to fit me the best.
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    I prefer 27.5. Nothing to do with my height, but all about how nimble/poppy the bike feels, and how I can toss it around when I need or want to. But... that has more to do with the over all design of the bike than just it's wheel diameter.
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    5'8" on a MED frame
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    6'2" on an XL Megatower with 29" and an L Surly Karate Monkey with 2 wheelsets, one 29" for commuting / gravel / mild single track and one set of 27.5+ for general hooliganism.

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    5'11.5'' L Krampus (29+) and Kona Unit (regular 29er 2.4F/2.2R) both rigid.
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    6’ still on a 26” wheel, Large frame. Let the bodies hit the floor.
    Last edited by DIRTJUNKIE; 3 Weeks Ago at 11:13 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    20in. 6'2"

    You didn't say mountain bikes.
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    I frequently ride 26x4+, but I do more mileage on my 29er. Both are hardtail MTBs, and often rigid. I'm 6'-3".
    The fatty can run 29+, but that is just once in awhile bikepacking dabbling.

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    5'8" and flip between a med 29 HT and a 27.5 FS. So yeah, I'm not really much help here

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    6'4" tall on an XL 29'er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 93EXCivic View Post
    20in. 6'2"

    You didn't say mountain bikes.
    hell yeah!! same here...20", 5'10"
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    5'8"
    Medium 2016 Stumpjumper FSR 29er

    5'8"
    Medium 2019 Chameleon 27.5+

    The two above are nearly identically sized (overall), within millimeters wheelbase and height.

    5'8"
    Medium 2000 Stumpjumper 26".

    The 26" Stumpy feels like a small frame (I'm pretty sure it's Medium) with how compact the bikes were back then. I look too big for the bike in photos I've seen and I feel like I should be no bigger than I am for the bike (155lbs).




    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    6’ still on a 26” wheel, Large frame. Let the bodies hit the floor.
    Somebody get 37 stitches as a result?

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    5'11". Both my single speed and full sus were designed and built for me and are 26". They're around 18'5 ST but I really was after longs TT's when they were designed. Now that front coil forks are a thing again, I'll be picking up a 27.5 this summer.
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    5" 7" on a medium with 29" wheel. I have a very small inseam so the frame might be a small by today's standards, it's a 17" frame.
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    5'8" Medium 120mm 29r and 140mm 27.5. Most of my time is on my road bike.

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    What does rider height have to do with wheel size? Did we just warp back to 2009?

    Seat tube lengths and sizing designations mean jack shit these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest Rider View Post
    Somebody get 37 stitches as a result?
    And what did I miss here?
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    I'm 5'11" and at 30 years old, I got my first 'mtn' bike in 1991- Rigid 19" x 26" wheels.

    2nd bike, medium Kona H/T, also a 26'er in 2002. This one is a bit small for me but I have seat rails and longer stem adjustments working fine, no comfort issues.


    The most ridden is my '17 medium frame 27.5 flavor.
    Med to Lg is not a big difference on some bikes and this is one.
    The idea here was; At 57 years old now, I could have went large and actually owned the large for 3 days before swapping. My decison was mostly due to thinking (placebo?) that the slightly bigger frame might need more man-handling and the med would be snappier and easier to throw around - for an old man.

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    5'8" and 29er. I do have 27.5, but one day I will swap it for a 29er.

    Love the rollover of 29ers.

    frame sizes vary by bike from small to medium to large.
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    5'11"

    Since not all bikes are the same, here is a list of what fits me.

    - Santa Cruz 5010, Large frame, 27.5 wheel,

    - Independent Fabrication steel deluxe 26" hardtail. I've had it since 2002 and recently brought it up to current specs with a new drivetrain and a few other goodies. Its a custom frame and still feels fine.

    - Cannondale CAAD 12 Ultegra road bike, 56 cm frame which fits very well. I find the aluminum frame is lighter and, well, just better then the 8 year old carbon road bike it replaced.

    I wouldn't mind a 29" or, maybe, a 27.5+ hardtail but have a hard time justifying the expense. When I bought the 5010 four years ago, it was a better fit for me than the 29" FS I demo'ed.

    Bikes are so subjective. You have to ride them to find which is the best fit for you.

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    I'm 6' and I have two mtb's (see sig below), both are 29rs.

    Tallboy is XL and Cutthroat is MED.
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    2017 Santa Cruz TB3 CS

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    I'm 6'1 and ridge a large Ibis Mojo HD3.

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    5' 10"
    I ride medium 29'ers

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    5'8" tall, 28" inseam, small xc & medium dh 26'rs.

    i also ride my bmx way more than my mtbs though


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    27.5 is large
    29er hardtail large (could have gone XL)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    What does rider height have to do with wheel size? Did we just warp back to 2009?

    Seat tube lengths and sizing designations mean jack shit these days.
    There's a vague correlation, I think, between height and preferred wheel size. It's not a perfect one, but my wife has always felt that 29ers are just too big for her. She rides an XS 27.5" full suspension. It probably makes more of a difference for folks at the extreme ends of the sizing spectrum than for those of us in the middle who can be comfortable on pretty much any of the common wheel sizes.

    I ride mostly mediums.

    At 5'8 w/32" cycling inseam, I ride a medium 26" fat Salsa Bucksaw and a medium 29er Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead. Also a 54cm 700c Salsa Vaya. But that doesn't tell the whole story. I have a positive gorilla index, and like bikes with longer reach. Large Santa Cruz frames fit me best over their mediums, but then they have overly long seat tubes, which requires a shorter dropper than I want.

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    Sure, people on the extreme short end of the human spectrum have difficulty fitting a 29er because it's nearly impossible to design a bike with big wheels that sits low enough. In general, for the vast majority of average hieght people, it has nothing to do with wheel size. I recall it being a silly issue that people talked about a decade ago, as if being slightly below average height means you should use smaller wheels, but that has been proven to be a dumb idea.

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    The question I've had for a more than a decade is this: If someone 5'3 can win international XC races on a 29er, and larger 29er wheels offer improved performance over 26er wheels in most applications, shouldn't everyone of average or above-average height have wheels LARGER than 29"?

    To answer the original question: medium 26ers, and often borrow a medium 29er I don't really like as much despite being about 5'10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    The question I've had for a more than a decade is this: If someone 5'3 can win international XC races on a 29er, and larger 29er wheels offer improved performance over 26er wheels in most applications, shouldn't everyone of average or above-average height have wheels LARGER than 29"?

    To answer the original question: medium 26ers, and often borrow a medium 29er I don't really like as much despite being about 5'10.
    Just what we need another wheel size “standard”.

    There’s always the 36’er.

    Or..

    What wheel size / frame type do you use most often?-16835742-b984-4915-b1d6-08c7e86556be.jpeg
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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