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Might have the wrong size bike, what can I do??

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11/15/2012 9:11 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2016 10:22 AM

After riding my Cannondale Claymore for a season I am starting to think that I might have to wrong size bike (too small). I looked on the Cannondale Website and they recommend a size Large for riders that are 5'11' and up but they also say that medium can fit a max of 5'11". I always seem to be just between the sizes of bikes no matter what make or model, but after seeing pics of me on the bike it just seems too small for my body since I have longer legs.

I did eventually want to get a dual crown fork and use the bike for some DH and Park riding but now I'm wondering if I should even try since the bike seems like it would be too small for that type of riding. Is there anything I could do? Switch out frames for a larger one at a Cannondale Dealer? I'd prefer to NOT sell it since I don't think i would get another again but if it came to it I guess I'd sell. Anything I can do guys? I'd really appreciate the help. I included a pic to give you an idea, sorry I couldn't find one of me actually the bike.


11/15/2012 2:13 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/21/2016 10:22 AM

I wouldn't judge if a bike feels too small based on a picture.

Does it feel too small while you ride it?

You can always get a slightly longer stem and wider bars, put a bigger fork on it, get a layback seat post etc


11/16/2012 8:35 AM

It does feel slightly small but sadly I have no basis for comparison since I can't get my hands on a large, who knows maybe the large is actually TOO big for me and this was the way to go in the first place! lol


11/16/2012 10:35 AM

Wider bars is a good place to start, provided you're not already running something super wide. I wouldn't recommend going much longer than ~70mm on the stem though. Twitchy!


11/16/2012 5:28 PM

I'm actually running pretty wide bars right now as it is but the stem is a good idea, maybe I could get an offset seatpost too?


11/17/2012 9:39 AM

They're all bandaids to the real problem, and won't really affect the overall feel of the bike too much. It's worth a try though. Personally, I'd try the post before the stem.