Best 29er's for Short hobbit types!
I’m 5’7″ and ride a 16.5″ Van Nicholas Zion Ti HT 29er with a 90mm -17 degree stem. The effective top tube is 590mm -about the same as most Medium 29er. 80mm SID works well. I’m running 42/32/24 x 11-34 gearing. I love riding it. It’s better than the Specialized Epic 26″ that it replaced.Posted 5 years agotacopowellMember
I’m not buying one just yet, but curious to know if there are any 29er’s HD or FS that are suitable for the shorter person!
I’m 5’6 (& 2/3’s!) with a 30″ inside leg,
I may have a complex about thinking I’m a hobbit but I wanna be a hobbit on a 29er! 😀
Anyone short riding 29er’s, please go into some detail about your setup and how you first got on and whether you’d go back?
I discovered an old Gary fisher video that said its G2 Genesis geometry was great for the smaller frame…
Shame I can’t find these bikes anywhere! Damned you Trek! 😕Posted 5 years agogeologistMember
Try Isla bikes, the only adult bike they do is a rigid 29er, I live just down the road from Isla and she rides one all the time, shes a bit smaller than me and Im 5 foot 7. I think she would be able to size correctly for us hobbit like folk.
My mate had a medium specialized 29er full suss on loan, I borrowed it for a few hundred yards, would have been more only i was on spd’s and the 29er had flats. It didnt feel to bad to be honest, made me think that a small would be a good fit for me.Posted 5 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
I reckon my 6yr old could ride a 14″ Niner… 🙂
5’9″ here, on a medium (16.5″) Niner SIR9. Previously an 18″ Inbred. The Niner is about the best fitting bike I’ve ever owned. 50mm stem, low-rise bars, running Niners steel forks. Love it. The Inbred was nice, but the Niner is a different beast. Just doesnt feel like a 29er. The Inbred could get a bit lairy sometimes, not in a bad way – it just made you aware that you couldnt chuck it around as much. The Niner on the other hand reminds me of a Cotic Soul I had many years ago, but with bigger wheels 🙂Posted 5 years ago
Very happy with it.
Prefer mine rigid, but ran the Inbred with a 120mm fork & it was way too much travel. I dont think you need as much travel on a 29er, there are a few slacker ones comning out now, for 140mm forks. Not really my cup of tea.
Reckon a Small (15.5″) would be right up your street. 😉inbred853Member
5′ 7″, just finished building my 16″ Salsa El Mariachi about a week ago. Rigid Exotic forks, 70mm stem, went out to the Raven trail in Brechfa last Wednesday, felt a bit strange at first compared my 16″ inbred, however felt okay by the end of the trail.Posted 5 years ago
I probably took it slightly easier than normal due to having rigid forks but still had a blast.
Decision still out though if I am going to keep it or not, still need a few more rides to make my mind up.
Salsa El Mariachi by Inbred 853, on Flickrmatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I’m from the other end of the scale and wonder why such short people think 29ers would be good for them? There is so much jiggerypokery with the geometry to get it to fit I can’t see what it brings to a short rider. They look out of proportion.
^ this, except I am a ‘normal’ 6′ – seems to me that @ 6′ and up, 29ers start to make real sense.Posted 5 years agobelugabobMember
Height and inside leg are not,the whole story – torso and arm length are just as important.
I have a 29 inch inside leg, yet ride a 19 inch Gary Fisher Marlin (with upgraded forks and drivetrain) and I find it to be a perfect fit. (I am 6 foot tall, though)
You really need to do some test rides, to get a better idea of what suits you – 29ers tend to have longer top tubes.
Some of the (also vertically challenged) lady pros have adapted to 29ers, so you should be able to find something.
I love mine, as it does just roll over just about everything (apart from that huge log on Wednesday, but that was mostly to do with me being rubbish)
Gary Fisher bikes aren’t that hard to find – there are several models in the rangePosted 5 years ago
Tacopowell – my Zion 29er is the 2011 model and came with Reba forks. I’ll be getting a carbon Niner fork for next winter. 80mm is more than enough for the XC/marathon riding that I do. I reduced the travel myself. I’ve a Stan’s Race Gold Wheelset (1345g) for racing or just putting my mates to the sword. It’s certainly up to riding Innerleithen and Glentress which I do quite often. I like they way it looks – it certainly attracts attention though. My next project will be a Planet X Dirty Harry (small) for race day use.Posted 5 years ago
I’m 5’4″ and ride a medium giant anthem 29 with an in-line post, 50mm stem (though going to try a 70mm) wide bar with a 120 marzocchi up front. It comes up smaller than geo chart suggests and she flies here in the lake district. I don’t get why small folk aren’t supposed to be able to ride faster bikes than tall folks. Whats this magic 6′ + club?Posted 5 years ago
I don’t get why small folk aren’t supposed to be able to ride faster bikes than tall folks.
Nothing to do with faster or slower. All to do with bikes that are in proportion or not and about how much effort is gone through to make bigger wheels fit someone who warrants geometry on the smaller side.Posted 5 years agojamesoSubscriber
Whats this magic 6′ + club?
Something based on half-truths coming from older 29ers with steep fronts, some minor issues with front end height for some riders and a lot of myth and waffle, maybe. If the front’s not too steep and the stem’s short the geo can work out fine. If you use shorter forks, it works more easily. If you’re 5’5″ or less and want a steep bike with a short TT and a long fork it may be a bit of a mess though )Posted 5 years ago
Nowt wrong with the stem on the zion either?
IMO bigger wheels work if you like the fit of the bike they’re attached to, the wheels themselves do the same things for a short 11st/200watt rider as a tall 11st/200watt rider. (I’m 6’+ and ride a 29er that some 5’7″ish riders are perfectly happy on)
Funnily enough – the bikes that look right with me on them fit me better. If I look like a circus bear on a kiddy cycle then it rides like a BMX and it isn’t comfortable. My 29ers look right and feel right for me and it is because of the wheel size and geometry. Hence why I am confused by the little people forcing geometry to fit the same wheels that work so well for me.Posted 5 years ago
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