- Would an XS Bfe be too small for me?
I’m 5’6″ and an XS BFe is great for me as an all-rounder. Swapped a few emails with Paul@Cotic before I hit the button though. I have short legs and long arms if that’s a factor for you.
At 5’7″ I’d say you are on the cusp between XS and S though depending on your actual build. I have run 16″ bikes before (Trailstar and Mr Hyde) and they have been fine, although the BFe is a tad more chuckable.
Posted 5 years ago
At 5’6″ I can get by with a 16″ but standover and manoeuvrability is marginal – OK for XC but not optimal for anything techy.
As I said, I asked Cotic directly about sizing and sent them measured and labelled images of previous bikes before Paul there recommended an XS. A year on I think he was right. Yup, it’s a long seat post, but nowhere near minimum insertion (and neither is the Reverb that’s replaced it).
Having said that, as I said for 5’7″ I reckon a S/16″ would be a safer bet. OP should probably get in touch with Paul/Cy directly to make sure though.Posted 5 years ago
kevster I’m less than an inch taller than you, had a small Soul and probably should have had a medium.
IMO Paul at Cotic tends to recommend going smaller because he seems to value ‘chuckability’ most highly, and because from Cotic’s POV a small frame can be upsized with kit, a larger frame can’t be downsized.
you are a Small-Medium sized guy not an Extra Small guy. You don’t need an XS for general riding, unless you are doing BMX and if you’re doing BMX get a BMX.Posted 5 years agobullroarSubscriber
I am 5’8″ with a 31″ inside leg, I have a small BFe and it is one of the best fitting bikes I have ever had.
My son has an XS BFe and I can ride it, it is a hoot downhill and for general messing about. It is problematic uphill because I can’t get the seat post high enough to get the full stroke and the top tube is a bit short. I have ridden it is as an all day bike but it is tiring.Posted 5 years ago
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