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Hi All,
I'm about to purchase a new Epic Expert and need some advice on sizing.
I plan on racing,
I'm 5'10 176.5cm
Inseam is 34
and like long walks in the park.
I've raced on the road for too many years but do not have a clue about MTB fitting.
I test road both the M and L
The large felt a bit big and the M felt a bit small; what to do?
If I'm racing should I go for the smaller more compact feel, or the more stretched out feel. Both did not feel bad; any help would be great.
thanks
chris
 

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I'm about the same size as you and after having myself measured from tip to toe at a fitting expert, I ride a size medium with 90mm stem and flat handlebar. My first Epic was a size L which was way too big. But you only know it once you've had the right size : with size L, I was sitting ON the bike, instead of integrating with the bike (or how can I formulate this best?). My friend is 1m87, he rides a size L ... go figure. My other friend is 1m91 and rides an XL.
 

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Those are some long ass legs if you are only 5'10" but have a 34 inseam. I'm 6'2" and have a 34" inseam and ride a XL (stumpy)

You sound like you could use a large, especially for XC racing

Rule of thumb is that smaller frame for downhill/technical

Bigger frame for XC
 

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I'm 5'10" and have a 32.5" inseam and bought a medium SJ based on suggestions from multiple shops. I find that it is a bit on the cramped side, however, I don't know if that is because I am coming from a large hardtail and just not used to riding a medium. I probably need to ride more to see how I really like the feel of the bike. If it continues to feel cramped, I'm probably going to go for a setback seatpost and/or longer stem.
 

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Yody said:
Those are some long ass legs if you are only 5'10" but have a 34 inseam. I'm 6'2" and have a 34" inseam and ride a XL (stumpy)

You sound like you could use a large, especially for XC racing

Rule of thumb is that smaller frame for downhill/technical

Bigger frame for XC
I'm 6'2'' with a 34'' inseam too, and I ride a large '08 epic with a 120 stem flipped down and a flat bar. The OP should be on a medium, especially with a short torso, the shorter TT would be better, I think.
 

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what size 09 Epic Expert

Well I ordered the M.
Felt a bit too stretched out on the L and I think I can make the adjustment to make the M fit better than the L.
Thanks for the input; after the build up I'll let you know how it works.
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Well I ordered the M.
Felt a bit too stretched out on the L and I think I can make the adjustment to make the M fit better than the L.
Thanks for the input; after the build up I'll let you know how it works.
chris
I think you made the right choice. I am 5'11" w/ 34" iseam as well. My first FS was a L GF cake and ti felt to stretched out. I now have a 08 SJ Pro M. I too like it better I feel I can maneuver the bike better. On the L I always felt like was along for the ride, now I feel more like me and bike are together. I have a 410mm seat post most of the way out w/ a 90mm stem. I feel the stem could be 100 but it is ok. This is my all around bike I race and play on it. To give a little more info I also ridden an M and L Epic and still felt the M was a better fit. This has been due to the shorter TT of the M frame. Since I have a shorter torso vs. legs. Just my .02.
Keep the rubber on the dirt and happy riding.
 
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