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Ricky Bobby
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DHR question for you all:

If this was up to you would you get a large or medium? I'm 5' 11" (32" inseam) and I'm thinking large, because Turner's measuring a large at 17", yet I've been told by two reputable sources that a 16" (medium) is the way to go. If I did get a large then I'd end up with a longer wheelbase, and if I did get a medium then I'd get more "flickability" (read: fun).
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Now in order to avoid the "cramped cockpit" feel that I'm anticipating with a medium (should I go that route), I'd buy a pair of parts from Race Face:

Diabolus D2 70mm x 0 deg. rise stem
Diabolus 27.2 seatpost (has more layback than a Thomson setback post)

That should help spread things out, and I can always push my seat back as far as it will go on the rails to help out with the small fit, if need be.
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I'd rather get a large and avoid this feeling altogether, but it's not entirely clear to me just now. So, if anybody has any input on these plans then by all means let me hear from you!

By the way, the pic. is just a reference point, and not the actual frame that I'd be getting.
 

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Natl. Champ DH Poser/Hack
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at 5'11 with a 32" inseam, it sounds like ya may be a bit long in the torso and maybe even the arms. dt is pretty good about size reccomendations and he states a large is the way to go for a average guy yer size. seein as how the dhr has a ton of standover, id have to agree that ya stick with it. ill guess a medium is gonna feel super cramped even with a longer stem and 3/4" of setback in the post. itll be interestin to see what others yer size have to say.
 

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mville i'm 5'11 as well but my inseam is a bit longer. i ride a med 08, and love it. a smaller bike is my choice, i like the feeling of the smaller chassis. it feels like i can throw it around a bit easier than a larger frame. with your size it might come down to personal preference. plus DT might have a different view. but i feel when it comes to a dh rig i like something a bit smaller. lay back seat post, how much time are you in the saddle riding dh. and a longer stem i feel will take some of the sharp handling that the 08 dhr has to offer. but again DT and others might have a different view. as well i used to own an 04 large dhr, then switched to a med 06 and the bike felt much more nimble and more my style of riding. again it ultimately comes down to your riding style and preference, considering your height. the 5'11 guys are always between sizes, but with a dh rig i always go a bit smaller. :D
 

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I'm 5'11" with a 33.25" inseam and I went with a medium after trying both a large and medium. The large just felt huge to me. I liked the straight line stability, but as soon as I had to make a turn it became very obvious to me that a medium was the way to go. I use a 50mm stem and straight seatpost. I'd stay away from a layback post. It will just mean you'll have to run your seat higher to keep the back wheel from hitting it when the rear bottoms out.
 

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Mang,
you are ideal for a medium!!!!!

A large is for the big monkeys. like 6'1 and bigger. I be 5'10.5 or something like that with a 33" inseam and medium is purrrrrrfect.

when are you going to be sitting down on this thing enough to be worried about cockpit room? if you can ride real dh (bumpy & gnarly-dhr territory)sitting down, i'd like to see some videos of that. please post.

My friend Airwrecks small feels pretty good to.

DH bikes work better imo when run smaller. i would think a large xc/all mtn bike is good for you? Can you try one first?

What would I do???????????????

MEDIUM
 

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Ricky Bobby
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Discussion Starter · #9 · (Edited)
Thanks!

Small ------- Medium -------- Large <-- FRAME SIZE
15" ---------- 16" --------------- 17" <-- Seat Tube Length
16" ---------- 17.2" ------------ 18.2" <-- Front-Center
30.5" ------- 30.5" ------------ 31" <-- Standover Height
3.7" --------- 4.2" -------------- 4.7" <-- Head Tube Length
44.8" ------- 46" --------------- 46.8" <-- Wheelbase
< 5' 6" ----- 5' 7" - 5' 10" --- 5' 11" + <-- Rider Height

From Turner's site.*

*Geometry based on a fork axle-to-crown height of 570mm.
 

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I'm 6- 6.1 and running a Medium. Dunno my inseam, look pretty equal ( torso and legs :D )
And it's just the way I love it.

As statted before, for DH purpose, a smaller bike is also what I like to handle. For xc i would run a large Flux. I had a Medium RFX for AM-DH

My 2 cents
 

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Hisforever
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you sound like you want a large bike.

just pin it. :)
 

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hmmm

It sounds like the scale of rider height to frame size on the DHR is probably a bit off. These type of bikes are certainly fine being run on the small side of my recomendations.

go with the forum recomedations more than mine, I am old and slow.

DT
 

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turnerbikes said:
I am old and slow.
copycat! and thats not true anyway. last time we rode together it was yer 1st spin of the year and ya smoked eric and i both on telegraph pass, our fave ride. but that was when ya were young and good lookin, so..... nevermind. yer right. need a push? maybe a viagra.
 

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Discussion Starter · #17 · (Edited)
I think that all of what has been typed here (thank you) swayed my decision-making capability. Now, even though I was going to buy a large DHR, I am now leaning towards a medium. And, I sincerely appreciate all of the input, I really do, however I am going to stick by a lot of my past experience with the whole --> "small" <-- feeling 'big bike', and get a 60mm-70mm stem for it regardless. I do think that I will stay away from the layback post, because as some of you so eloquently put it--I cannot ride the gnarly shiz seated--and if I could then that would truly be something to behold. :>

Okay, thanks again, and I hope to see you all riding--but I doubt that I will, since no one near me has a Turner. :\

Cheers.
 

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I too was in the same spot. I'm 6'0 and didnt want that cramped feeling. If your just crusing around maybe the large would be better but as for downhill definetly med. a smaller bike feels better. Just got my new dhr two days before xmas.Explain that to the wife when you have three kids!
 

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I'm gonna jump onto this thread and ask, does the same logic apply to someone choosing between a medium and a small frame? I'm 5'8", and although Turner recommends a medium, I definitely like my DH bikes on the small side. Is the difference between a small and a medium something that depends on rider preference, or is a small really too small for someone my height?
 
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