I am 5'9" 155-160lbs (bike size)

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I am 5'9" 155-160lbs (bike size)
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Posted: Aug 14, 2019 at 20:17 Quote
What would be the best suitable size for my height and weight?

Posted: Aug 20, 2019 at 17:36 Quote
U R on the cusp between a Medium and Large so it depends on how your geometry(reach/inseam) fits the bike geometry. Read the bike reviews to set your sight on the brand and type of interest then demo both frame and wheel sizes. Don’t fret considering a DTC brand, once you get to that point plenty of riders on the forum will help you with what size they chose. Good luck... d;o)

Posted: Oct 20, 2019 at 18:32 Quote
Like Heist said, you're right between M & L. I had the same dilemma. I'm 5'10" 150lbs (or less, depending), and I went with a Large (2019 Giant Anthem 1 NX). The thing is, I bought it online, without even trying it. I got lucky, and the bike fits me like a glove. I do have long-ish legs, short-ish torso, and long-ish arms.

However, here's the thing. You can still alter the geometry a bit after the fact. One thing that I did was to replace the stock stem with a shorter one (60mm -> 40mm) and that shortened the reach (not that I had trouble reaching before), but more importantly shifted my weight rearward, which made it more maneuverable going downhill. I also moved the seat back a little.

Anyway, if you can't demo the exact model, take down the geometry specs, find a similar bike at your LBS, and see how it feels. Or do a lot of research online (reviews, specs, etc) before buying.

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