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    About to buy 700 HT. Can't decide on frame size.

    I've finally narrowed down my choices to one, the Motobecance 700HT. I'm ready to buy but I'm having trouble deciding whether to go with the 17" or 19" frame. I'm 6' tall but I have a 32" inseam. I'm thinking the 17" frame would be the way to go, but I'm concerned the cockpit will be so small my feet will be hitting the front wheel in tight turns. It seems the 19" might be just half an inch too tall, but I think the rest of the bike would fit me better in that size. Honestly I'd rather go with the 19" due to the larger wheelbase. Anyone out there my size go with a 700HT lately? If so, what frame did you go with? I have a sawhorse in the garage that measures exactly 32.5" to the top. I can still stand over it without hitting my junk that bad so I'm thinking I'll be fine with the 19" frame.
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    I just got the Fantom Comp HT with an 18" frame. I'm 5'11" with a 32" inseam and it fits great. I know it's not the same frame you are looking at, but the wheelbase dimensions are the same and I haven't had any problems with toe overlap.

    Have you thought about getting the Fantom Comp instead? The 2010 model is on sale for $150 more than the 700 HT and it comes with better a better fork and brakes. Might be worth it for you.

    This is my first mountain bike and I like it so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pioneer01
    I just got the Fantom Comp HT with an 18" frame. I'm 5'11" with a 32" inseam and it fits great. I know it's not the same frame you are looking at, but the wheelbase dimensions are the same and I haven't had any problems with toe overlap.

    Have you thought about getting the Fantom Comp instead? The 2010 model is on sale for $150 more than the 700 HT and it comes with better a better fork and brakes. Might be worth it for you.

    This is my first mountain bike and I like it so far.
    Oh I think I've thought about just about every mountain bike out there for under $600 by now. As for the Phantom Comp, it's a full $200 over the price of the 700HT on Ebay I'm looking at. $496.00 shipped for 700HT from sprtymama. Also they are sold out in my sizes on the Phantom Comps anyway. I'm thinking I'll only have the 700HT for a year as I'm interested in going to a nice DS bike in the future. I'm looking at you Phantom DS Comp! My wife (who measures the same inseam) will probably get the 700 then.

    The 700HT will feel like a Lambhorghini compared to my current 24 year old, never been tuned, Diamondback.

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    At 6' I would get the 19". My wife is 6' tall and her 19" 700HT fits her perfectly. I am 6'2" and it is too compact for me so I have a 21" framed Fantom 29er.
    I'm not name-calling. I'm just listing the facts. The fact is that you did NOT have 6in inserted----alexrex20

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    I went ahead with the 19"er last night. After riding 17.5" frames, I think I'll prefer the larger cockpit on this one.

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    I have the 700HT. I'm 5-10 w/ 30" inseam and the 17" fits me just right. Based on your numbers, you're gonna want the 19".

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    Im 5' 8", 30" inseam, and ride the 17" very comfortably

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