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    Small sultan suitable for 5'6 lady????

    So my wife wants a new bike to replace her Small Titus motolite. We've discussed the benifits of the bigger wheels and the fact that I have several forks and wheelsets in the garage that won't net me much $$ on ebay. On the 29er thread a lot of women ride small hardtail frames such as Siren, Willits, Salsas and others. Without going to a hardtail I thought I'd ask you who are riding small 29er's or who have sig others on the bigger wheels and can offer some insight on the Small Sultan for a woman who's 5'6" and needs at least ~27-28" of stand over. The geometry on the Turner site says that the S may be a bit too big. So...before I take the plunge and place an order for this frame let me know what you all think.

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    might work if they made 1, but they dont. med is the biggest sultan made. sorry. guess i have to agree with dt as to why he doesnt offer a small 29'er. its just too big for a small rider.
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    ya, correction on my part, it was the medium specs I was looking at.

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    ive fit small folk, includin gals, on small 29'ers. i can make the t/t fit fine but standover gets close if not flat out poor and foot overlap is always a issue. id keep her on a 26" wheel unless she has size 3 feet and a 31" inseam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesinmud
    So my wife wants a new bike to replace her Small Titus motolite. We've discussed the benifits of the bigger wheels and the fact that I have several forks and wheelsets in the garage that won't net me much $$ on ebay. On the 29er thread a lot of women ride small hardtail frames such as Siren, Willits, Salsas and others. Without going to a hardtail I thought I'd ask you who are riding small 29er's or who have sig others on the bigger wheels and can offer some insight on the Small Sultan for a woman who's 5'6" and needs at least ~27-28" of stand over. The geometry on the Turner site says that the S may be a bit too big. So...before I take the plunge and place an order for this frame let me know what you all think.
    Hate to say it but it's just too big. As much as I love the Sultan I definitely wouldn't recommend it in this case. If she really wants a 29'er then you may need to look at other options, (Ventana El Rey, Niner RIP 9). Small RIP 9 may be the best option in terms of standover, but the 15" El Rey has a shorter top tube.

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    Possible

    I'm a 5'6" guy and when I test rode the smallest Sultan with a 100mm stem and it could have worked if I didn't mind the extra effort on really steep climbs, in that situation the big wheels worked against me. Other than steep climbs I liked how it fit and rode but I would have run a shorter stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowrider
    I'm a 5'6" guy and when I test rode the smallest Sultan with a 100mm stem and it could have worked if I didn't mind the extra effort on really steep climbs, in that situation the big wheels worked against me. Other than steep climbs I liked how it fit and rode but I would have run a shorter stem.
    FWIW, I'm 5'10, ride a M Sultan (smallest size available) and use a 70mm stem.

    Ventanarama gave great advice.

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    I wouldn't do it

    My wife also rides an 06 SMALL Titus Racer X 80mm travel and there is just no way she is going to fit on my medium sultan. Top tube is just too long even with a short stem. She won't have any standover height. Heck my brother who is 5'9" felt the medium bike was too big for him. Maybe try an El Rey or Rip.

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    Check out the Voodoo Canzo as well. For the money it seems to be a very nice bike.


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    I think the Lenz Leviathan comes in some extra small sizes as well.
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    Thanks for this post. My wife is the same height with a 31.5" inseam and I was thinking of the same thing for her. Actually, I am starting her on a Fisher Paragon to get used to the big wheels.

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    RIP9 SM says standover is 27.1", but ETT is still a fairly long 23.1" (Niner seems fairly accurate on their Geo charts, my XL ETT came in at the stated 25.25") The Voodoo has the shortest ETT @ 22.6" but doesn't state standover. Best bet, try to get a test ride before you buy. If you can't test ride any of them and her old bike is still working fine then I'd stick with that till you can get some test rides.
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