What sort of frame size should I be looking at for my wife? (boring, ‘pologies)
Hi all, looking to buy one of these frames to chuck some bits on for my wife: http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/?fn=product&productId=433&categoryId=87
She is about 5’5″ with an inside leg of about 30″ (I think). I was thinking the 14.5″ or 15″??
Sorry for the boring topic, but it would be a great help if I could get some advice!Posted 8 years ago
Thanks for the info – it’s a hard question to definitively answer I know. At the moment I am tending toward the 15″ – I would hope to be able to be able to fine-tune the reach etc with stem length, seatpost layback and so forth. The only thing I really want to get right is the standover height.Posted 8 years agojonathanSubscriber
The only thing I really want to get right is the standover height.
Yep – that’s got to be the priority, otherwise it’ll always feel big/uncomfortable (even if it actually “fits” wehn being ridden.
My wife’s 5′ 6″ and of her bikes the 14″ Inbred frame fits her by far the best.Posted 8 years agoMunqe-chickMember
I have a 15″ Kona which is fine (I’m 5ft 4 1/2 with 30″ inside leg) and also an XS Giant full susser which I think is a 14″.Posted 8 years ago
Just ordered a 15″ Cube hard tail as it has the dink in the top tube to increase stand over height. True though best to just try and have a little ride around.lillyarnMember
Best get her to try one.Posted 8 years ago
I am 5’5 with a 31″/32″ leg, I would normally prefer a smaller frame but the main problem I have is getting the saddle high enough. Out of the bikes I’ve tried/riden recently:
Full sus Commencal Meta 5.5, I fit the medium frame.
Full sus Santacruz Julianna – medium
Full sus Cube AMS (women specific) I need the 17″
Hard tail Specialised Hardrock (women specific) 17″, also tried the Rockhopper (mans) 15″ but the saddle does not go high enough.
Guess it all depends on the bike, and her riding preference.nuttysquirrelSubscriber
Can’t help on size but just had a wee look and isn’t this a better buy?Posted 8 years ago
Errr, I have had a complete about turn and, after chatting to the guy on the other end of the phone, ordered one of these in small:
They look pretty good built up. Thanks to all for the advice, will let you know how I get on…
That other Merlin 1 looks good, but I need V-bosses unfortunately. And no, I would never swap my wife for a medium frame. If it was a large, perhaps.Posted 8 years ago
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