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mo3039
09-08-2010, 02:10 PM
Longshot, but where else to start but here? I know there are a few forumites on the edges of the bell curve, and some who ride off-road too.

Im 510 with a 35.5/90.5 cm inseam in other words very long legs & short torso, and I dont have the wingspan to make up the reach. Haven't found a stock bike that works for me comfortably. My custom road bike is a 59 ST/54 TT (c-c). FAR from the norm. :rolleyes:

Im hoping to keep the top tube in the 54-56 cm/ 21-22 area with a relatively tall frame (i.e. cant do a big seat to bar drop). If I were of average proportions my inseam would steer me to an 18-19ish frame size. Standover probably in the realm of 30-32?

Ideally Id like a steel 29er hardtail frame or frameset. Budget = used but functional from lesser known builder. Think Gunnar, not Moots, unless you're feeling unusually generous. ;) Open to other possibilities since were already in the needle in a haystack realm, but definitely wanting to go geared, not SS. Im looking to improve my bike handling and mix it up by hitting the singletrack around here, but dont have the $ to go new.

So, probably a crazy wish, but as they say in the lottery, you cant win if you dont play :banana:

rugbysecondrow
09-08-2010, 02:36 PM
Longshot, but where else to start but here? I know there are a few forumites outside the bell curve, and some who ride off-road too.

Im 510 with a 35.5/90.5 cm inseam in other words very long legs & short torso, and I dont have the wingspan to make up the reach. No stock mens bike work for me, and there are very few WSD options. My custom road bike is a 59 ST/54 TT (c-c). FAR from the norm. :rolleyes:

Im hoping to keep the top tube in the 54-56 cm/ 21-22 area with a relatively tall frame (i.e. cant do a big seat to bar drop). If I were of average proportions my inseam would steer me to an 18-19ish frame size. Standover probably in the realm of 30-32?

Ideally Id like a steel 29er hardtail frame or frameset. Budget = used but functional from lesser known builder. Think Gunnar, not Moots, unless you're feeling unusually generous. ;) Open to other possibilities since were already in the needle in a haystack realm, but definitely wanting to go geared, not SS. Im looking to improve my bike handling and mix it up by hitting the singletrack around here, but dont have the $ to go new.

So, probably a crazy wish, but as they say in the lottery, you cant win if you dont play :banana:

Check out Waltworks, looks like a new custom frame will run you about $1100...pretty reasonable if you ask me.

slowandsteady
09-08-2010, 04:48 PM
Check out Waltworks, looks like a new custom frame will run you about $1100...pretty reasonable if you ask me.

He is supposed to build pretty amazing bikes!

ps - am interested in this thread as well as I ride the same dimension bike 59/54 and like the HT tall (23 for road)

mo3039
09-08-2010, 05:13 PM
a new custom frame will run you about $1100...pretty reasonable if you ask me.

Agree it's reasonable...but that's pretty much my entire budget & I'm new to MTBing. Hoping to find a way in without going broke at this point. Daring to dream... :cool:

mo3039
09-09-2010, 04:17 PM
ps - am interested in this thread as well as I ride the same dimension bike 59/54 and like the HT tall (23 for road)

Hey, you were supposed to be one of my potential sources! :p Well, here's to us both getting something out of it. :beer:

mo3039
09-12-2010, 05:53 PM
Bump after another round of unsuccessful test rides of some stock bikes.

MapleWelder
09-14-2010, 10:44 AM
The dimensions may not be tweaked as far as your ideal, but I'm offering a great deal on a 26" steel Independent Fabrications Deluxe that might work for you:
22-3/8 effective top tube
16-7/8 seat tube c-t (15-1/2 c-c)
71.5 HA
41 wheelbase
16-3/4 chainstays
Standover 29-1/2
Photos at:
http://picasaweb.google.com/107699197966292619278/ForSaleIndependentFabricationFoxFloatMarzocchiDTSw issStansHBarTriSaddle#

Even with a 120mm stem it felt short for my reach (I'm 5' 9"), and I imagine leg reach would work fine for you with 400mm post. Assuming you can get the proper position, a little more standover never hurt anybody on a rocky trail ;)
I'm asking $1070 for a the complete bike.
Good luck!

mo3039
09-15-2010, 12:52 PM
@maplewelder - nice bike and for sure an IF is on my short list of bikes to have someday. Alas, while I'm not afraid of a little (OK lots of) seatpost, I think I'd have trouble getting the front end set up right. Good luck w/ your sale!