Am I too short for a 29er
You’ll be fine, road bikes have bigger wheels than the 26 inch ones most MTBers are used to and a huge number of road racers are tiny, a lot of the women who are barely more than 5-foot cope just fine.
Always makes me laugh when this topic crops up, they dont give Cavendish a small wheeled bike because he is tiny, it has more to do with the geometry of the frame (always has been and always will be) and then thoughtful use of seatposts, saddles, stem etc etc to get the fit spot on.Posted 3 years agoegb81Member
I’m only 5ft 7″ with little legs and I love my Zealous Division 29er. It took a while to find a 29er that didn’t feel like I was perched on top of rather than comfortably at one with but it was worth the testing and research. I’d suggest you look carefully at the geometry as it makes a big difference to the way it rides. Mine is long, slack (68deg head angle, slack for 29er) and with short chain stays to keep the handling snappy. Other 29ers I rode felt narrow boat like in comparison.Posted 3 years agotimmysSubscriber
Emily Batty is 5’3″
Nobody has mentioned 650b. It’s the big wheel for little people!
Ugh. The barely perceptibly different sized wheel from 26″ can hardly be described as a “big wheel” under any circumstance.
Anyway, we’re getting rather close to kitten killing territory.
Don’t do it Emily
Posted 3 years agomanton69Subscriber
It depends on the position you want on the bike. If you look at the couple of images of 29ers above you will see that the racer wants the head down arse up mode. To do the stem is slammed with a negative rise and it gets just about the same level as the saddle. When the sag of the forks is added it will be a proper racer’s position. However if you crash and swing the bars around there will be a lot of contact with the frame.
As long as you know what you want position wise, buy what you like. Try and get a test ride and as long as you. Are comfortable who cares what the internet says 😉Posted 3 years agoantigeeMember
at 5ft 4in I asked this question a while back after seeing what looked like a very good deal – one answer from STW was “you’d look like you are riding your dad’s bike” – I thought this a bit odd as my dad was shorter than me, since then I’ve worked out that a 29er would probably be pretty good for a lot of the stuff I ride and am pretty sure will end up with one at some pointPosted 3 years agoDelSubscriber
to my eye a 16/small 29er looks wrong. yes, there are advantages to bigger wheels, but there are also advantages in not having a bike with a long distance between centres. IMO, FWIW, if something looks right, it generally works well as a package. big people on big frames with big wheels look right. small people on small frames with big wheels do not.
but then, WTF do I know? i’m 5-10 and have just bought a medium 26er Chameleon. 🙂Posted 3 years agodeviantMember
I don’t get the road bike comparison. Road bikes have little tires and ths overall wheel size is the same size as a 26″ mountain bike wheel with it’s larger tire
Nope, checked on mine before i posted last night to make sure i wasnt getting it wrong.
My road bike with 25c tyres is still about an inch bigger than my 26 inch wheeled mountain bike that has a 2.35 High Roller on it.Posted 3 years ago
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