im 5'7"-5'8" and the 16.5 frame fits me well. as long as you have an inch or two (at least) of clearance it should be fine.abmw said:I am 5"7' with a short lower body. My inseam is around 29.5. Is 16.5 too big? I have some room between my crotch and tob tube but not too much. I was reading a post that somone was 5"5 riding a 16.5 but I dont know if his height was a typo.
That describes me exactly. Add to the equation longer than usual arms - my arm span is 5'9". I ride an 18.5" 2004.0 NRS-2. My inseam might be a little shorter than yours, and I still have sufficient clearance. The longer top tube gives me the length I need for my relatively long torso and long arms. I'm SO glad to be on a bike that fits!abmw said:I am 5"7' with a short lower body. My inseam is around 29.5. Is 16.5 too big?