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Hi all, first post and just getting into riding so be gentle.

Im 5'6 with normal body dimensions (though quite heavy 200lb). I'm thinking about buying a explosif which come in 16 and 18 inch. Is 16 to small? is 18 to big? I don't really have much experence with mtb's.

What is the typical fit of kona HT's i.e. do they they fit smaller/larger that std, they have shorter/longer top tubes than std.

Thanks for any advice.
 

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Top tube length is more important then frame size. I suggest that if possible go to a shop and have a fit done. I'm an inch taller and a little heavier than you and I ride a 16" Unit(basically the same frame). For me I could have gone either way, 16" or 18", but I like a shorter bike that I can move around on a lot.
 

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Yup, I would suggest the 16" also, but you should check fit on each to be sure. Extended test rides are even better. I know some folks in the 5'10" range that ride 18's if that helps.

Ian 6'3" 225 lb
34" inseam (jeans)
20" Kikapu

*fits great*
 

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I would defintley ride one first. I am 5'6" with 30" inseam and neither fit me very well. The TT on the 16" was too short even with a longer stem and the 18" didnt give me any standover. I have a 16" kikapu that I love, so not all the 16" bikes fit the same. I ended up with a chameleon as my ss since it fits right between the 16" and 18" unit/explosif with a 22.5 TT and had adequate standover for me. So try on a few brands of bikes if you can. 5'6" tends to be between sizes in alot of brands so usually you have to try a small and a medium size to figure out what you like.
 

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hallin222 said:
Yup, I would suggest the 16" also, but you should check fit on each to be sure. Extended test rides are even better. I know some folks in the 5'10" range that ride 18's if that helps.

Ian 6'3" 225 lb
34" inseam (jeans)
20" Kikapu

*fits great*
I also know of somebody who is 6'3" who rides an 18" bike. I bet you know who I am talkin' about, hehe.
 

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I also know of somebody who is 6'3" who rides an 18" bike. I bet you know who I am talkin' about, hehe.
Yeah, well I know someone who's 6'1"-ish who had a 23" Trek 820!!! Ever sell that, BTW?

You must mean my old Trek 930? I always thought it was smaller than it is. All this time, I thought I bought an 18" way back then, but I measured it at around 19.5" or so (must be 20"), and many of the other dimensions (seat to grips, etc) is within less than 1/2" of the Kona. Go figure.

Hey, so what did my wife buy me for Christmas? (J/K) I heard she was in the shop this week. Oh, yeah, and we bought that 19" Warrior Pro for her the other day too. I think it'll make a great first bike. See you 'round.

........consider this thread, JACKED! sorry.

Ian
 

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No substitute for trying them!

First off as previously stated try them out for size. Doesn't have to be an Explosif as any Kona HT should give you a feel for the size.

IMHO getting a bike that fits you is the single most important thing when choosing a bike. It could be made of the most advanced tubing with bling bits but if it doesn't fit you it'll never feel right.

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Just looked up my girl's scott scale (size small) TT length (21.9'). It's the same as the 16' explosif !. I think the scale is too small for me so I guess I should be looking the 18' . Thought I still think beign 5.6 is too short for 18'. Wish there was a 17'.
 

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I did sell that big ol' Trek. As a matter of fact, the guy who bought it was a tad shorter than I. For a bike that is ridden only on road, the extra standover is not needed. So, in the interest of not being a total jerk, I do want to contribute something relevant to this thread. It sounds like Early is one of those in-between people. I would say that as long as an 18" frame is not causing the rider to be tip-toed while standing over the bike, I would go with the bigger frame if the top tube length feels better. If standover is something of an issue, you can always get a setback seatpost and a little longer stem to compensate. Just remember, too long of a stem will mess up the handling.

Ian, I hate to ruin the surprise, but your girlfriend got you a Limited Edition NRC Cycling Stocking filled with coal. I actually have no clue what she got you as I was just leaving when she arrived. Congratulations on her new bike. I think that Iron Horse will be a lot of fun.
 

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Early said:
Just looked up my girl's scott scale (size small) TT length (21.9'). It's the same as the 16' explosif !. I think the scale is too small for me so I guess I should be looking the 18' . Thought I still think beign 5.6 is too short for 18'. Wish there was a 17'.
Check out Konas other hardtails. If you look at thier sizing chart you will notice that they make the 16" unit/explosif alittle shorter than the other hardtails. They also make a 17" in the other ones. Its worth checking out. Dont get stuck with the wrong size, it sucks.
 
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