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Chromag Samurai

Nov. 9, 2017, 10:04 p.m.
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Anybody here riding an 18.5? I'm thinking of picking one up and wouldn't mind having a seat on one to get a sense of sizing.  I'm 5'11 if that matters

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Nov. 10, 2017, 12:50 p.m.
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Posted by: syncro

Anybody here riding an 18.5? I'm thinking of picking one up and wouldn't mind having a seat on one to get a sense of sizing. I'm 5'11 if that matters

Did you get a Full Suspension bike?


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Nov. 10, 2017, 12:57 p.m.
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Posted by: rnayel

Did you get a Full Suspension bike?

Not yet. Trying to see if I can wiggle my way into a modern HT and a FS bike - and I'm pretty close!

Nov. 10, 2017, 2 p.m.
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I do, but it's the "old" (2016) geometry, so the reach is only 420 mm and not 456 mm, so it might not be any help.

Nov. 10, 2017, 4:10 p.m.
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Posted by: extraspecialandbitter

I do, but it's the "old" (2016) geometry, so the reach is only 420 mm and not 456 mm, so it might not be any help.

it's actually a 2016 that I'm looking at. good to know the reach numbers though

Nov. 10, 2017, 5:38 p.m.
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Well, if you want to hop on for sizing you're welcome to (North Van).  But I'm away next week.

FWIW, the M/L fits me like a glove 5'10", long legs (32" inseam).  I have enough space for a 175 mm dropper.

Nov. 10, 2017, 8:18 p.m.
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Posted by: extraspecialandbitter

Well, if you want to hop on for sizing you're welcome to (North Van).  But I'm away next week.

FWIW, the M/L fits me like a glove 5'10", long legs (32" inseam).  I have enough space for a 175 mm dropper.

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Nov. 10, 2017, 10:09 p.m.
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i wouldn't spend money on anything but a 29" HT. you might not really know it, until you rode a 29" HT, but at that point, you'll regret it.

Nov. 10, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
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I've owned an Aperture and og Rootdown both in the M/L 18.5". I'm 5'8" with 31" inseam and average proportions. I really enjoyed the reach at my size, but could have used more standover--which is essentially what the medium with the 2017+ geometry offers. 

IMO spend the money on an updated Wideangle vs older Samurai. I understand the mysticism of local built, but that does not replicate up to date geometry.

Nov. 11, 2017, 7:38 a.m.
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Posted by: grumpy-builder

i wouldn't spend money on anything but a 29" HT. you might not really know it, until you rode a 29" HT, but at that point, you'll regret it.

This.

Nov. 11, 2017, 8:06 a.m.
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I had a large OG rootdown and it fit me great in everything but standover, then i sized down to my current m/l, which really is only ideal in standover (comparatively), now that its been fixed for 2017 i dont want to spend more money on a hardtail.


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Nov. 11, 2017, 6 p.m.
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Posted by: grumpy-builder

i wouldn't spend money on anything but a 29" HT. you might not really know it, until you rode a 29" HT, but at that point, you'll regret it.

yeah, good point.

next.

Nov. 11, 2017, 6:28 p.m.
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Joined: March 18, 2017

I kinda have Surface upgrade-atitus but know I shouldn't.  Also I'd want something more towards the Geometron side of things.

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