How to Choose a Mountain Bike Size

When you select a new mountain bike, you will see a several models from the same category. Apart from known variables relating to suspension travel, frame geometry and wheels diameter, there are other important variables to which riders must look at before a purchase. Adjusting the bicycle to a biker’s body is a primary requirement in a new mountain bike purchase and has significant influence on the ride.

The majority of the mountain bikes are designed for riders of 1.75 meters, weighting around 75 kilograms and with above average form. If those are your values, you’re lucky, because the amount of bikes that fits you is almost endless.

Once you decided your riding style (cross-country, trail, all-mountain or downhill), to suspension travel, frame geometry and selected the appropriate bike, it’s time to move on several variables that need to be taken into consideration before the final decision.

Long Like Spaghetti

Taller riders usually ride more “elegantly” than the low ones. Mountain bike riders with short legs and a solid upper body seem often clumsy. If you’re tall, I encourage you to choose the lightest frame as possible with a short suspension travel. As long as you are not an overweight, let your hands and feet do most of the work, and enjoy a light and agile bike.

Stuck in the Middle

If your height fits is in between two sizes, for example between small and medium, both are appropriate for you. If you ride fast and enjoy mostly from cross-country styles, take advantage of the larger frame (longer wheel base, which provides high-speed stability at the expense of maneuverability). If you ride technical, you should choose a smaller size to easily tackle jumps and bumps at low speeds.

“Supersize”Some of the high weight bikers prefer to ride on a low weight gear, which is not a god match. Heavy riders should concentrate on bicycle parts survival and not to pay attention on overall bike weight. Rider that weights over 90 kilograms and prefers a cross-country riding style should purchase a 5 inch trail bike weighing 13 kilograms, and not a competitive hard tail bike.