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    New question here. Help with sizing and narrowing down my selection

    Hi all, I am currently looking for a new light trail bike. I currently ride a 2012 Turner Flux 26'er size Medium. it has an Effective Top Tube length of 23.5" and running a 90mm stem. I have been eyeing 3 bikes (2 of which are the same...). The Horsethief and the Pony Rustler and the Pivot Mach 429 Trail. All of which my LBS carries but none that I can throw a leg over just yet.

    I also ride a 2014 Salsa Colossal Ti bike which is why I started looking so closely at Salsa over my current selection of Turner, Giant and Rocky Mountain bikes that are in my stable.

    Size: According to Salsa I should be riding a SMALL size; but with a shorter ETT than my current ride I am hesitant for that. I am 5'7" with a 31" inseam. What size bikes are you folks riding?

    Selection: I want to ride my local XC trails which aren't too rough and some would consider really buff XC trails as I have plenty of squish with 120mm of travel today. I like the idea of going to 27.5+ and was really originally looking at 650b only; but it might be too close to what I'm riding today (like the Flux 4.0). so I moved on to consider 29'ers. I liked the build for the Pivot (XTR and carbon wheelset - I am a long time Shimano user but not against SRAM so far) so my thinking is that I would move 'up' to a Pony Rustler for the X01 build (vs the GX of the HT) and the carbon wheels that are part of the build and then add on a nice set of Carbon 29'er wheels for race events (24hrs races, 8 hour races and 30+ km marathon events) of which I only do 3-5 per season.

    I do like using a water bottle and I hear that the Pivot's are tight with that respect and Salsa makes it a highlighted feature of fitting at least one large waterbottle and I like that very much.

    Am I looking at the right type of bikes?
    See You On The Trails!

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    In talking with Salsa directly they are a) recommending a test ride b) SMALL size for my height of 5'7". My LBS does not have a small in stock for me to even sit on so that will be difficult and no demos are in sight nearby in Ontario, Canada.
    See You On The Trails!

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    I'm 6'2" and ride a L Ponyrustler with a 50mm stem and 800mm bars. Have you been able to try a M out? It's a great bike BTW, not just because it can accommodate a full size water bottle
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    I stood over a Medium 2016 Horsethief in a shop. it didn't have brakes on it yet so I couldn't take it for a spin. reach seemed good, standover a little tall for me; but coming from a 26er all bikes are tall for me.

    I'm really keen on the Pony Rustler build with 27.5+ and then add on another set of 29'er wheels for XC Marathon race days and such.

    the need for the Pivot to have a lower headset cup replaced for 27.5+ compatibility made me shy away - plus the lack of 3.0" compatibility in the rear triangle.
    See You On The Trails!

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