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    Reign Size Help

    Hi guys, this question probably gets asked quite a lot, but I'd really appreciate to hear your help or experiences.

    I am 6ft, and have a 33inch inseam, I'm not sure if I should buy an 18inch or a 20inch frame. The salesman at by lbs was adamant that I should get the 20, but sitting on the 18 to me felt a little better (maybe this would not be true out on the trail, I'm not sure).

    Thanks for your replies.

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    I am 6'5" and have a 35" inseam and the 21" feel great. My son is 6'3" and also has a 21" Reign which fits him fine. To me, it seems that the 20" is more suited to your size.

    What was it about the 20" that felt odd to you?

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    I am 6ft 33in inseam as well. I ended up with the 20in 06 Reign 2 (aussie spec). The main reason why was I have long legs and long arms and didnt want I high seat position and it just felt better. The jury is out on sizes similar to us so go with what feels right.

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    Depends on your riding

    I ride mainly fast rooty single track small drops and a litle downhill, very few miles of what i would call X country, as a result i spend barley no time in the sadle and went fo a 16" frame i am 5' 9 1/2 i like a small sized bike i can dominate with my body english,i find large bikes feel almost like they are in charge and not me.

    If you like to throw it arround and do a little downhill an 18" maybe right i think its down to style and what you want to do with it.

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    I'm pretty much the exact size as you, and went with the 18". Your inseam is slightly longer than average, so you might feel stretched out on a 20".

    If your inseam is shorter, and upper body longer, then a 20" might be the way to go - but doesn't seem like the case. Anyway, try them both out, but I recommend the 18".

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    I'm 6'0" too, but 34" inseam and similarly long armed - I find a 20" (with an 80mm stem) fits me perfectly - on the 18" I'd have to run a stem longer than 100mm to be comfy climbing.

    However, according to Giants own sizing table, at 6 foot you're good for either the 18 or 20 (right in the middle of the size overlap), so if the 18" feels good without a stupid long stem you'll be fine.

    Main issue might be how much drop you have from the seat to the bars - the 18" has 23mm less head tube height than the 20", so even with 2" riser bars you may struggle to get the bars at a sensible height given your long inseam (hence why I went the 20" - though it does look a bit funny since the seat tube is so crazy long)

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffj
    What was it about the 20" that felt odd to you?
    Leg-wise it feel ok, but my arms felt streched out a bit too much.

    My lbs would allow people to test ride bikes, even in the car park, I think ill have to go somewhere else and ride them both. But for now I think the 20 with a shoter stem is the way to go.

    Thanks for your help.

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