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    Salsa Sizing

    I am looking at either the Rustler or Horsethief, but am torn on sizing.

    I'm 5-10, but have 33 inch inseam (no shoes). That kind of puts me between M and L.

    I have been getting backpain and thought going bigger may be better, but after doing some research I think I'm leaning toward the smaller size (M).

    The M is already a bit bigger than my current bike.

    Any thoughts from people here?

    I won't be able to test ride since we are quarantined- so flying a bit blind!

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    Where is your back pain? Between the shoulder blades? Could be GERD.

    I have long time lower back pain issues, and GERD, and I have had three Salsa bikes. They run small so I lean toward the larger size. I bought the smaller once and learned my lesson. It gets cramped if you go smaller.
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    Lower back. Thanks- that's good feedback!

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    I'm 5ft8 and Salsa's sizing chart for most bikes says I should be right on the bottom of medium (173-183 cm = 5ft8 to 6ft). I don't feel like a small person so I chose a M. On my TJ, I got a shorter stem and moved it down a notch, so that seems correct, and leads me to think you should trust their chart.

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    5-10 rider here on a medium salsa. I am happy with it. Test rode medium and large and did not like the large
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jester7677 View Post
    They run small so I lean toward the larger size.
    I disagree. I have had many salsas and I would say I am able to ride a large in a salsa (at 6'2") whereas I would be on an XL in other brands like Specialized (at least older ones) Santa Cruz, Yeti.

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    I was told and confirmed in person comparing to Kona, Trek, Santa Cruz and Specialized that Salsa runs on the larger end of average sizing metrics. I am 5'11 and just bought a medium hardtail in order to err on the side of riding slightly more upright and not having to stretch out too far. Very happy with the size choice so far. You can always get a longer stem to push the handlebar away from you but going shorter is tougher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rth009 View Post
    I disagree. I have had many salsas and I would say I am able to ride a large in a salsa (at 6'2") whereas I would be on an XL in other brands like Specialized (at least older ones) Santa Cruz, Yeti.
    Definitely run bigger in my experience. I'm 6'6" and ride a XXL in just about anything (except Specialized... XXL is too small) but in the Salsa I just bought I'm in the XL and its just as big as some of the XXL I demo'd at the same time.
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