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any petite 29er riders out there?
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woodbridgejr
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 Posted: Mon Sep 6th, 2010 02:43 am

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Just curious if anyone rides a 29er and what you think of it so far and what kind you have? Also, how tall are you.. I'm wondering if the shorter girls like riding a 29er?

At first I thought 29ers weren't for shorter women but now I've been hearing that more women really like them. I'm 5'2.5''. I'm thinking of getting a 29er hardtail or FS when I get my next bike.

If anyone has any feedback that would be great! :)
Thanks!

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 Posted: Tue Sep 7th, 2010 11:57 am

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I'm 5'4" and have been riding a Giant XTC 29er all season and I LOVE IT!  I kept my 26-inch FS bike, thinking I would want to suspension sometimes, but I rarely ride it because my HT 29er just climbs so much better. (The ride is a bit rougher sometimes, but the speed makes up for it.)

I feel like I'm right on the border of being too small for my particular bike, because the handlebars are still a tad high even with a flat bar and the stem turned upside down.  However, I have short legs for my height, so it might fit a shorter but longer-legged girl as well as it fits me.  The standover height may be a little high for shorter girls, but how much time do you really spend straddling your top tube?  I find that geometry is quite comfortable once I'm in the saddle.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 8th, 2010 02:42 pm

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Willow Koerber has been racing a 29er all year and just finished 3rd in the World Championships on it.  She's 5'1".


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