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    29er sizing dilema, specifically Salsa Selma.

    I am looking at the Salsa Selma. I am always in between frame sizes. I am 5'10" but torso long with a 30" pant inseam - I tend to look at the top tube length when picking a bike because of that. I ride a size large blur with a 23.5 inch virtual top tube.

    When going with a single speed 29er, is it better to be slightly bigger than smaller, or vice versa. I always like going a size up too because it allows me to get the taller head tube as opposed to ending up ass over bars.

    Thanks for any insight.

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    I am also 5'10'' with a long torso...XL Tshirts...etc...
    i initially started out with a Salsa Mamasita 29er (frame size small) At first I was thinking of sticking with gears, but found a fondness for ridinging singlespeed. That part was ok, but I found it just barely allowing me to ride comfortably position-wise. I thought getting a small 29er would work out like a medium 26er...but i was wrong. I did go over the bars a few times trying to adjust to the different frame and it was a painful lesson.

    I eBay'd the smaller Mamasita and turned a small profit since they are popular frames out there! So I then ordered a Salsa Selma (medium). It fit me so right...I haven't looked back since. I did a lightweight race season on her this year and plan on a full race season on her next year...
    Be Who You Are and Say What You Feel Because Those Who Mind Don't Matter and Those Who Matter Don't Mind...Dr Seuss.

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    I'd say go with the medium. I'm 5'9" and ride a small Dos (gears) and a medium Mama (ss). I find that the small frame is great for sitting and climbing and the medium allows me to stand and hammer without feeling like I am to far over the front.

    Love Salsa frames. Really like the Selma.

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