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hi guys, i'm 5'5- 120lbs. and i need help deciding if i should get the specialized hardrock sport in a 17'' or 19''. my dad thinks i should get the 19'', i can't notice that much of a difference just by sitting on them. could you guys kinda guide me from experience? thanks! i'm kinda leaning toward the 17'', it's not like i'll outgrow it that fast or will i?
 

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Get the 17", you should still have some room to grow an a 17"
19" is way too big for your height.
 

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I'm a High school coach and fit you guys all the time

How old are you?
How big is your dad?
How big is your mom?
What kind of riding are you doing?
What was your last bike?
 

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Berkeley Mike said:
How old are you?
How big is your dad?
How big is your mom?
What kind of riding are you doing?
What was your last bike?
I'm 16.
I think my dad's 5'11, he rides an 09 specialized hardrock 19"
I'm going to be riding mostly dirt trails, nothing to challenging, I've been riding my dads old kent mountain performer or something that's over 10 years old... Its soo heavy and I need an upgrade. I'd like it to be versital enough to ride on the street, trails, basically do it all
 

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Berkeley Mike said:
How tall is your mom and have you had your growth spurt yet?
my mom's about 5'3ish, yeah... not really sure, i've grown alot in the past year or two. main thing is, do you think i could have room to grow and still be comfy on the 17''? it's a newish sport for me, in the spring we wanted to go try the trails out and loved it. the only thing was, i was riding a bmx bike and my dad was on the bike i have now... he got a new hardrock and gave me his old bike to ride. i enjoy the sport. i play golf, but other than that i'm always complaining about being bored. i've had a dirtbike, gas scooter, a few electric scooters, and i built myself a weedeater powered bmx bike a few months ago. right now video games are getting boring and i need a new hobby. we also kayak but im not really into that. i just got my license two weeks ago so i have the option of going someplace to ride. i'm hoping i can meet some other riders around my age to make it alittle funner
 

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My call.

Buy the 17. I will work for about 1-1.5 years even if you grow 4-5 inches which is entirely possible. I expect that the 17 is a bit big for you now but that is okay.

It is really an economic thing. My son always had a bike that fit him but I can sell his old bikes as they are well cared for and the next bike is not such a tough hit. He is on his 7th bike since he was 5, each a bit big when first acquired, a bit smallish when we moved on. He started n 12" wheeled bike at 4 and now on a 21" Yeti at almost 17 years old and 5' 11".

A well-fitting bike is essential for safety and enjoyment. Putting you on a bike that is the same size as your dads at nearly 6 ft. in height is challenging. I just put a 5' 5" rider on a 17-in Rockhopper when the 15-in was just at the limit of fit. It was a good call. Having said that, back to economics, maybe dad needs you to buy a bike that will last a while. I get that. However go with the resale approach with bikes as a process of change over time and constant value. Maybe that will make a difference.

Maybe you will love the sport and progress through several bikes in the next 5 years. One bike need not be the final cycling event in your teen years.Know what I mean?

Good luck. Ride well. Take good car of your machine. Dads notice stuff like that.
 

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Berkeley Mike said:
Buy the 17. I will work for about 1-1.5 years even if you grow 4-5 inches which is entirely possible. I expect that the 17 is a bit big for you now but that is okay.

It is really an economic thing. My son always had a bike that fit him but I can sell his old bikes as they are well cared for and the next bike is not such a tough hit. He is on his 7th bike since he was 5, each a bit big when first acquired, a bit smallish when we moved on. He started n 12" wheeled bike at 4 and now on a 21" Yeti at almost 17 years old and 5' 11".

A well-fitting bike is essential for safety and enjoyment. Putting you on a bike that is the same size as your dads at nearly 6 ft. in height is challenging. I just put a 5' 5" rider on a 17-in Rockhopper when the 15-in was just at the limit of fit. It was a good call. Having said that, back to economics, maybe dad needs you to buy a bike that will last a while. I get that. However go with the resale approach with bikes as a process of change over time and constant value. Maybe that will make a difference.

Maybe you will love the sport and progress through several bikes in the next 5 years. One bike need not be the final cycling event in your teen years.Know what I mean?

Good luck. Ride well. Take good car of your machine. Dads notice stuff like that.
thanks a lot for your advice! i'll be paying for it with my holiday/driveway money so i guess it doesn't really matter for him as long as i'm happy :)
 

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My first real mountain bike was a 17" 2007 Hardrock Sport that I got for Christmas of 2007. It was a great bike for what you say you will be riding. It was a good size when I got it and it would still fit me today if I didn't strip it for parts. I'm 16 now, about 5' 10.5" 140lbs. Hope you enjoy it.
 

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JD529 said:
My first real mountain bike was a 17" 2007 Hardrock Sport that I got for Christmas of 2007. It was a great bike for what you say you will be riding. It was a good size when I got it and it would still fit me today if I didn't strip it for parts. I'm 16 now, about 5' 10.5" 140lbs. Hope you enjoy it.
cool, i just took my height and i'm 5'7, i guess i have grown. the only other thing i have wanted for the past 3 years is a crf50... i guess i'm going to get one or the other and one thing will have to wait.
 
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