Yeah, hit the LBS. Sounds like a large frame, but really depends on more than just your height. I am about 5'9", but I tend to ride large frames because I have longer arms and legs than average, at my height. My brother is about 6', but we ride the same size frame. Also, I only ride XC, so I don't need something smaller that is easier to throw around.
I am 5'11", 172lb (when racing), with a slightly longer torso, and I ride a 17.5" frame with a 100mm stem. Seems to fit me perfectly. I previously had a frame that was too big for me, and the difference with a correctly sized frame was dramatic. Don't ALWAYS trust the LBS. They sold me a frame that was too big for me when I was just starting out, and it took me quite a while to realize the mistake.
I'm 6'0 roughly and I ride a large frame. I currently ride a 19 inch cross country Giant bicycle. It came with a 120mm stem, but I felt a little stretched out and installed a 105mm stem and it feels much better. Before the Jamis I rode a Large GT Zaskar or XL not sure, it was borrowed, and a 19 inch Giant Yukon. I have long arms and legs, athletic build, and 155 pounds.
it is much like shoe size...different between mfrs and models.
Figure out the Effective Top Tube length you need for the right cockpit: with you butt on the saddle and hands on the bars, the bike should feel like it was made just for you. That is the correct measurement to seek out and nail down, not the frame size.
Good luck, Jim (5'11", 30" inseam = long torso, ETT = 24" for me, usually a large frame, but not always)
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