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    Ibis Mojo Small for my 5'3" wife...crazy?

    I'm about to get myself a new Ibis Mojo and am debating getting my wife the same...the smallest they make is a "small" with a virtual top tube of 560mm (22 inches):

    http://www.ibiscycles.com/bikes/mojo_sl/

    ...I measure her Santa Cruz Juliana to about 21" virtual top tube...so it would be 1" longer. I figure a shorter stem and slide seat forward a fraction could close that distance, so one question is whether the bike would be too big?...but I wonder if the real question is moving her to a 5" travel bike...she's an XC rider and maybe a shorter travel bike the Juliana is better?

    I posted this on the Women's forum too, but I am hoping maybe someone on here would have an opinion that helps...thanks!

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    Do a fitting at the LBS first if you can.
    What length stem is she running on her current bike?
    If you want to get her a DW link frame, Turner and Pivot make XS versions of their bikes which may fit better.

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    unfortunately, no LBS carries Ibis...100mm stem

    also simply wondering if 5" travel is too much handling-wise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tahoe Gator
    unfortunately, no LBS carries Ibis...100mm stem

    also simply wondering if 5" travel is too much handling-wise
    Going to a 70-80mm stem would probably make the bike fit fine and handle better.
    I'm not sure I understand the "5" too much handling" question. The bike handles excellent. If she's a serious racer I could see her wanting something smaller, but the bike rides so well she'll probably say she likes it.

    You could also try doing a demo of another brand of 5" bike and see how she likes it.

    Have you compared stand over heights? That could be a make or break measurement too.

    Does she want another bike? I've been trying to convince mine to get a Mojo, and she says over and over that her Stumpy is fine. I have a feeling we'd get her a Mojo and she'd always be saying "my other bike did ____ better" (though I know she is totally wrong ). I'm just gonna wait until it falls apart before pressing any further...

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    ...so funny...I was thinking this would be a surprise but I needed to assess the fit...so I got her to sit on her Juliana...she does, but then says, "Why? I don't want a new mountain bike. I like this one." ... alas problem solved the easiest way. What guy would say, "No thanks, don't want a new bike"...none, but then again probably why we also complain when our bikes don't work perfect on the trail and women just ride without complaint.

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    Buy it for her anyways...... I am sure she deserves it!

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    My wife is 5'5" and rides a medium mojo as her trail bike. She could have ridden a small as that is what she rides for her DH bike but we wanted a longer wheelbase for trail riding steeps. She rides it well and loves it so I would think a small would be perfect for your wife.

    Amber on her mojo (medium).
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    This is her on her DH bike on similar trails (small).
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    im 5'2 evenly proportioned torso to leg length. i ride a small mojo with 100mm stem. it fits me just fine. i dont feel "too stretched out" or "too cramped" up top. handling wise the bike feels spot on for me. your wife should have no problem riding a small sized mojo.

    hope this helps. i usually give guys "wife fitting advice" in the shop i work at since i am about the size of their wives if not then smaller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzsean
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    Wow, mad props to your wife, I know exactly where that is and I have never even tried that line.

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    Your wife sounds like my husband who is still riding a 14 year old carbon fiber Gary Fisher hardtail and doesn't own a full suspension bike. I made the jump to an Ibis this year after starting to crash all the time while riding my 7 year old hardtail specialized. I was probably crashing more because I sucked at riding, but that is another story. . .

    Anyway, like another poster here, I am 5'3" tall and I ride the size small with a shorter stem. I do barely touch the frame on stand-over but I have never had an incident with that (and I've crashed a few times riding this bike) so I don't see it as a problem. The travel is great--my last bike's lack of travel is what made me crash so much. I think you could always stiffen up the suspension if you wanted to reduce the amt. of travel she'd get.

    I was able to test ride a size small before I bought although it didnt have the shorter stem and I also rode a blur xc and I felt much more stable on the ibis--but that is all personal.

    Then again, sounds like she isn't getting a new bike anyway! But for what it is worth--I can almost keep up with my husband now while he is riding his "vintage" hard tail.

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