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I just picked up a new crash replacement frame. I had a medium 5.5 so I figured Medium Tracer. It feels and looks too small. I have mad spacers on the headset and the seat post is maxed. Did they size down between models?:madman:
 

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I went from a medium 5.5 to a medium Tracer and it feels about the same. Tracer seems a little more compact, but I think it is the head angle. My seatpost shows about the same. They should feel close. I would measure and make sure that it is a medium.
 

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I measured

And ceter of bottom bracket to top of seat tube in 17.5. What is yours?
 

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And how tall are you? Anyone else how tall and what size frame do you ride. I am 5 10.5. I checked the phot gallery and I see people 5' 9" tall on Mediums and 5.11s on Large. I right in the middle! Damn it.
 

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And ceter of bottom bracket to top of seat tube in 17.5. What is yours?
Mine is 17.5". I don't know??? Good luck with it though. The Tracer is a great bike. I didn't like it at first, but now that I have it dialed in, I like it so much more than my 5.5.
 

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Darkstar said:
And how tall are you? Anyone else how tall and what size frame do you ride. I am 5 10.5. I checked the phot gallery and I see people 5' 9" tall on Mediums and 5.11s on Large. I right in the middle! Damn it.
I'm 5' 10" also.

Here are pics of my Tracer and 5.5 as I ride/rode them. You may notice that my Tracer post is actually a bit lower. I got professionally fit for it and was told that I was extending my legs too much on my 5.5. Hope it helps.

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I used a flush FSA headset and I think that is part of the problem. I need to find out what everyone thinks of the angles with the various headsets. I think if I put a king on there I will be back to where I was just an inch more seat post showing and a little more headset spacer.
 

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I used a flush FSA headset and I think that is part of the problem. I need to find out what everyone thinks of the angles with the various headsets. I think if I put a king on there I will be back to where I was just an inch more seat post showing and a little more headset spacer.
You can probably tell from the pics, but mine is a King Devolution. 5.5 also had a King on it.
 

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I had a 5.5 medium. Broke frame and they sent a Spider 2 as a replacement. I would have gone with a Tracer, but would have needed to get a bunch of new parts -- including a fork which I had just purchased. When I got the Spider 2 I couldn't believe how small it was. It has been about 5 months now; I too have a boat load of spacers on head tube. The specs say it was almost identical, but it is too small -- still perplexed. I am 5 11.
 

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I went from a small 5.5 to a med Tracer, feels about the same but less spacers and post. Seems like they have gone a little more compact?
 

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I am just about to go from my MED 5.5 to a MED Tracer VP...hopefully I can fit It correctly. I run a 80mm stem with 20mm of spacer.
I usually only run about 15mm of spacer, with 5mm on top. I test rode a Tracer VP when they first came out, It did feel more compact, but I didn't notice any issue with reach or leg extension.
I am about 5'11", I'll post some pics as soon as I build It up. The build will be with a new Rock Shox Revelation 150mm fork, I will keep the rear set at 150mm as well, with an 80mm, 0 rise stem, and 27.5 inch bars.
 

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It is more compact

I am ridding the medium Tracer. I have a lot of seat post showing and a lot of spacers but it feels pretty good. I think I could ride the large but according to Intense I am the smallest rider for that frame. I would rather have the smaller frame. I think if I had a traditional headset instead of flush top there would be a standard amount of spacers. I also think if I pt on a 160 fork it would all be better.
 

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Got It

Ok, got It built up with my parts from my 5.5...can't believe It came up almost a half pound lighter...AWESOME!!!
My scale reads 27.51. I left a little more length on the steer tube, which I'll cut later, after the first real ride...which will be Snowshoe.
The leg extension and reach feel pretty good. I think since the frame is slacked out so much more then the 5.5, it gives the illusion of a lot of post sticking out, but it feels good.
Can't wait to beat the hell out of it this weekend :D
 

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What are you running for gears?
1 x 9, E.13 32 tooth ring up front, and an 11-34 9 speed cassette. It's OK for most climbs in VA and WVA, where I ride...but It hurts a bit when It gets really steep :)
 

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1 x 9, E.13 32 tooth ring up front, and an 11-34 9 speed cassette. It's OK for most climbs in VA and WVA, where I ride...but It hurts a bit when It gets really steep :)
I rode tonight spending most of the tim in the middle ring "32" trying to stay out of the granny and I must say I really like the granny on the steeps.
I plan on building up a beefy tracer with a 1x10 and I am trying to figure out the biggest I can go in the front , I think 28 is a decent comprise but maybe a 26, we will see, nice build by the way!
 

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I went from a M 5.5 to a M Tracer and did not really change anything. Similar post showing and still running the same stem. Headset is a flush mount CC and the bars felt a little bit lower, but it is all good. I love this bike.
 
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