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I have an oppertunity to get a great deal on a 2001 trek 8500. its a 19.5" frame. I am 6' 2.5" and have an inseam of about 34 inches. from what ive read so far, it seems that is about the smallest frame i would want to get.

so basically im wondering if this is too small or on the edge or good or what. ive ridden it breifly on the trail and it felt ok but im obviously not an expert on bike sizing and i know that doesnt mean much compared to a full day of riding.

any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Try this calculator, it worked for me.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCM?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO
Go with what they recommend for XC riding. More aggressive riding, you will want to go with a smaller frame.
It just depends on your riding style and your proportions.
I'm 6'-0" with a 35" inseam, 34" pant inseam and ride a 21" frame
The top tube dimension is what you want to pay attention to more than standover size.
 
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