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    Is a 16.5" NRS2 too small for me?

    Hi,

    I found a great deal on a 2002 NRS2 in great condition, but the frame size is 16.5". The bike is completely stock. I am 6" tall. Is the frame too small for me? What if I raise up the seat? What are the dangers of riding too small of a frame?

    I appreciate it any help. I'm just getting into riding, so I'd like a good bike that can last me a while why I learn.

    Thanks!

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    The small size NRS is recommended for people up to about 5ft9. At 6ft you're in medium and even possibly large territory. You would choose a medium if you like your bikes smaller or a large if you like it stretched out.

    I would say that it would be too small, maybe not so much a seatpost issue but too short in the top tube. Easiest thing is to compare the TT length to your current bike.

    I'm 5ft7 and ride a 16" Trance or 17" Alias, I probably wouln't want to go any smaller or bigger than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducktape
    The small size NRS is recommended for people up to about 5ft9. At 6ft you're in medium and even possibly large territory. You would choose a medium if you like your bikes smaller or a large if you like it stretched out.

    I would say that it would be too small, maybe not so much a seatpost issue but too short in the top tube. Easiest thing is to compare the TT length to your current bike.

    I'm 5ft7 and ride a 16" Trance or 17" Alias, I probably wouln't want to go any smaller or bigger than that.
    AHHH, I just bought it an hour ago before I read your post!! Damn it, the guy said he had someone else interested and I need to make a decision. Man....

    So, now I'm stuck with this bike. Would a taller stem help or just be a bandade to the problem? My inseam is about 32". What are the disadvantages of riding on a smaller frame?

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    I have a NRS in the 16.5" for my 5 foot tall GF. I ride it around and the handle bars hit my knee's. I am 6 foot exactly so I think that it will be too small for you. But test ride it, you might have shorter legs than me or something. But I think it will be way too small from when I ride it around the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent878
    I have a NRS in the 16.5" for my 5 foot tall GF. I ride it around and the handle bars hit my knee's. I am 6 foot exactly so I think that it will be too small for you. But test ride it, you might have shorter legs than me or something. But I think it will be way too small from when I ride it around the house.
    How can I ride my bike now without thinking that a 5' girl rides the same size bike?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by str8ridin
    How can I ride my bike now without thinking that a 5' girl rides the same size bike?!
    LOL

    If it helps I'm 6ft7 and it would fit me still


    Your decision, if you are in doubt ring the guy before he ships it off - you may be able to get a refund before it leaves the shop, after all he did say he had another buyer interested (or maybe he was just pushing the sale ).

    It really depends on the geometry though - if the TT is only say 10mm longer on the medium then getting say a 110mm stem instead of a 100mm should in theory offset the sizing issue, apart from maybe having to get a longer seatpost.
    If you have access to the geo figures I'd go from there. Personal preferance but I prefer shorter stems, although being female I probably have shorter arms / legs than a bloke of the same height might.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducktape
    LOL

    If it helps I'm 6ft7 and it would fit me still

    Personal preferance but I prefer shorter stems, although being female I probably have shorter arms / legs than a bloke of the same height might.
    your a 6 foot 7 inch girl riding a small bike? I put a shorter stem on the bike for my GF but i don't think i would comfortably ride the bike even with a longer stem and I am only 6 foot even. If anyone is 6' 7" tall i would really advise getting on the bike and test riding it if its a small frame. I just can't picture someone 6'7" tall on the bike.

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    easy solution....

    Quote Originally Posted by str8ridin
    How can I ride my bike now without thinking that a 5' girl rides the same size bike?!
    find some hot-looking babe, about 5ft tall, to go riding with. She may be impressed that you got her a bike ...even before you met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dumper
    find some hot-looking babe, about 5ft tall, to go riding with. She may be impressed that you got her a bike ...even before you met.

    LOL. The wife is going to love that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent878
    your a 6 foot 7 inch girl riding a small bike? I put a shorter stem on the bike for my GF but i don't think i would comfortably ride the bike even with a longer stem and I am only 6 foot even. If anyone is 6' 7" tall i would really advise getting on the bike and test riding it if its a small frame. I just can't picture someone 6'7" tall on the bike.
    Holy crap, my mistake! If I was 6ft7 my husband would be a dwarf!
    That was supposed to be 5ft7

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