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Offline Pearson100

"Adventure" bike for short rider?
« on: March 12, 2016, 07:15:26 am »
I'm looking at "adventure" bicycles. I'm currently waiting for the bike shop to get the Trek 920 small frame (on backorder) to test. Trek advertises that small frame has a stand-over height of 72.2cm while my inseam measurement is 71.1 (28"), without shoes. I realize that until I test ride the bike, I won't know exactly how that will play out. In the meantime, do you have recommendations for other similar type bikes that I could consider that have frames for short riders (I am 5' 2")?

Thank you.

Trek 920: http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/bikes/road-bikes/adventure-touring-bikes/920/920-disc/p/1432999-2016

Offline msullivan

Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2016, 12:15:30 pm »
Bike Friday has lots of options for a great touring bike. They have no top tube so stand over height is not a problem. Mounting is an easy step through.

Offline jonc123

Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2016, 12:50:00 pm »
42cm Surly Long Haul Trucker 70.2cm Standover (a little less than 28"). I don't know exactly what 'adventure" means, but many take the LHT off the pavement.

Offline jonc123

Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2016, 12:58:19 pm »
Smallest Surly Troll is slightly over 28" also. The LHT and the Troll have 26" wheels.

Offline RonK

"Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2016, 03:17:59 pm »
When you say adventure bike, the Salsa Fargo is the first that comes to mind. It's the grand daddy of adventure bikes.

The XS Fargo has a standover height of 69.7cm.

If that is still too high you just lean the bike over a little bit.
« Last Edit: March 12, 2016, 03:23:53 pm by RonK »
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indyfabz

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Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2016, 10:01:37 am »
My GF is 5' and rides the smallest LHT made. She's taken it on road and off road with and without a B.O.B. trailer.

There is a long thread about the 920 on bikeforums, where a couple of people were opining about the suitability of the 28h wheels, among other things. Might be worth a read if you ignore any posts by troll user Squeezebox that he didn't later delete:

http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1043648-trek-920-a.html

Offline BrianW

Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2016, 02:51:06 pm »
I have a 44cm Co-Motion Pangea Co-Pilot for sale, listed on the forum in the classifieds, if you are interested. Fits my 5'2" wife just fine, and has about a 28" standover.

Offline Mark29er

Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2016, 02:16:40 am »
If your budget allows it, the Jones Plus is coming out in a 23" (top tube) in May. Due to the bike's unique geometry, it would be a great adventure bike for a small rider. 26.5" standover clearance and less reach than most XS bikes for a very comfortable upright riding position.

Offline Pearson100

Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2016, 06:47:52 pm »
Thank you to everybody who replied. The Trek 920 came in and the standover height was fine, so I ended up buying it! Looking forward to long ride on it this summer.
 

indyfabz

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Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2016, 09:54:04 am »
Let us know how those 28 spoke wheels hold up. There was previously a lot of discussion about them on another forum.

Offline DaveB

Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2016, 07:35:58 pm »
Let us know how those 28 spoke wheels hold up. There was previously a lot of discussion about them on another forum.
Yes, I remember that rather heated thread that didn't resolve anything. 

I expect that a rider who takes a very small frame is going to be light enough not to stress even a 28 spoke wheel unless they wildly overload the bike with touring gear.  The 920 comes with 29-2.0 (700c-50) tires and coupled with rims that are modestly deep section should make those wheels adequately sturdy.   

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: "Adventure" bike for short rider?
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2016, 02:09:09 pm »
I'd like to get a report back after something like 3,000 touring miles.

My father in law (a physical chemist) used to say, "Sometimes 15 minutes in the lab will resolve a question that you've been arguing on the chalkboard for two weeks!"  This might be one of those times.