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    salsa a la carte owners

    I am looking to buy one of the new a la carte frames but
    I am unsure of what size I should be looking at. I currently
    ride a medium gary fisher hardtail (17 inch) but I know that it has
    always been a little small for me. I am thinking the 18.5 inch
    Salsa (I am 5'11.5 with a pants inseam at 32'' with no way
    of getting to a salsa shop to test ride)
    what do you think?

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    Salsa has a fairly high standover with their bikes.
    Im just a little shorter than you, i think, and i got an 18.5inch frame.
    With 2.25 inch tires (quite tall) and a 100mm fork, the bike sits even higher than it would with say 2.00 inch tires and an 80mm fork.
    I have about an inch or two clearance between my jewels and the TT, so im cool with that.
    You are taller, so you will be fine!
    I definately wouldnt go to the 17inch, because you will lose TT length, and various other geometry changes.
    Off topic, i havent built my bike up yet, i bought the frame in March and all i have is wheels, headset, fork, stem, tires and pedals.
    It is sooooo frustrating, cos the only bike i have is a $50 shi##er that i ride into town, so it sucks major [email protected]@.
    I have some old pictures up in that Salsa thread (Salsa riders Acquie! or something like that) make sure you post some pics when you get your hands on one!

    Cheers mate,
    wil

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    Thanks for the response...I actually went with the 19.5 inch per the
    dealer's recommendations and also looking around at other brand
    sizes. I built it up this weekend using the parts off my other bike
    which was the plan all along. It was my first "build" not really all
    that much to do the headset was the hardest part and running
    the derrailer cables. If you can I would suggest getting the
    parts off your old bike to get the a la carte up and running. I will
    try to post some pictures once I get a chance.
    I only got out on one ride so far, seemed pretty nice but I was adjusting the seatpost
    and stem height so I hardly got a chance to get used to the bike and
    enjoy the ride.





    Quote Originally Posted by Little Willy
    Salsa has a fairly high standover with their bikes.
    Im just a little shorter than you, i think, and i got an 18.5inch frame.
    With 2.25 inch tires (quite tall) and a 100mm fork, the bike sits even higher than it would with say 2.00 inch tires and an 80mm fork.
    I have about an inch or two clearance between my jewels and the TT, so im cool with that.
    You are taller, so you will be fine!
    I definately wouldnt go to the 17inch, because you will lose TT length, and various other geometry changes.
    Off topic, i havent built my bike up yet, i bought the frame in March and all i have is wheels, headset, fork, stem, tires and pedals.
    It is sooooo frustrating, cos the only bike i have is a $50 shi##er that i ride into town, so it sucks major [email protected]@.
    I have some old pictures up in that Salsa thread (Salsa riders Acquie! or something like that) make sure you post some pics when you get your hands on one!

    Cheers mate,
    wil

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