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How important is standover height? I know your supposed to spend your time on the seat or standing on the pedals but how much should I worry about it?

I've always known that I have a short inseam for my height (6'2" 32" inseam) but I've been test riding bikes and the 19" frames that fit me better on toptube length leaves about an inch of clearance. That doesn't seem like much when I hear a recommended 3 inches of clearance.17.5" feels a little close but maybe an offset seatpost and longer stem is the way to go. Don't want to make the investment and then be sorry.:madman:
 

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People get too wrapped up with using standover to size themselves for a frame. It's how a bike fits when you're riding that matters, not how it fits when you're standing still.

FWIW, I'm 5'9 with a 30" inseam and all my bikes are size Large or 19" and my road bike is a 56 cm frame. I like a longer top tube and I'm short of standover on all my bikes and it's never been a problem and I've never had occasion to sing soprano:eekster: .

All the sizing charts say I should be on a size Medium MTB frame or a 54cm road frame but but they feel to crampt, I'd have to run a 120mm stem and a setback post to get the cockpit space that I like.

Honestly, a guy with your 6'2" height would look rather comical on a 17.5" frame...like you were riding your kids bike or something;) . If I was your height, I'd be on an XL without doubt, you need the long TT length to accommodate your long torso.
 

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Right on Ricko. I like what you had to say. I just wasn't feeling the 17.5 but I was also worried about standover. I guess if I'm worried about getting a nut buster I should take up chess.
 

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soontobe29er said:
Right on Ricko. I like what you had to say. I just wasn't feeling the 17.5 but I was also worried about standover. I guess if I'm worried about getting a nut buster I should take up chess.
Ha, took a peek at your profile. I live in NW IN and my son lives in Indy/goes to school at IUPUI. Brown County is one of my favorites and Town Run is a fun little course too!
 

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That's awesome ! Small world.
 
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