Enduro sizing for 6’4″ rider
I am currently in the market for a Specialized Enduro Pro and was wondering if you could help me out with sizing. I am 6″4′ and my previous bike was a rocky mountain slayer 20.5 with a top tube length of 620mm.
That bike felt almost a little big for riding on the crazier downhills up in Whistler. I currently live in San Fran but was raised in Whistler (where I still do some riding) and I can’t decide what size of Enduro frame to go with. Either the Large, or the XL.
The problem is that where I am right now (interior of BC) there are no shops carrying the bike and they say I need to order it. When I called around within a 100 mile radius, nobody has any that I can ride to get a feel for it. Based on this, what size would you recomend? You help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks Very Much, Adam Smythe
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The XL Enduro Pro has a top tube of 638mm. The L has a top tube of 606mm.
I’ll tell you this:
If you want to roll the XC/trail style, the XL will give you a more stretched out position and make you more comfortable going up.
If you want to emphasize the downhill braaap, rock the L.
I’m 5’9″ and I ride a medium.
Hey Adam, i’m about your size with all of my height in my legs. I rock a Large Carbon Enduro to put a strong emphasize on the DH braaap and it treats me well. In my eyes, that’s what the bike is most suited for. If you want a super comfy stretched out xc position, get a huge hardtail. If you want to have more fun than your buddies with 120mm stems and overstretched top tubes, get the Large.
Curtis is a bonafide, board-certified bad ass. He knows what’s going on.
this is surreal…I was just finished with an email from joe lawill of bikeskills.com on this very topic: I’m 6’3″ and lanky. (santa cruz sizing chart puts me in the large/xlarge overlap).
I ordered the extra large .5 heckler and I plan to run a short stem and riser bars to address any reach issues.
Thanks for all the awesome info guys!
I was just at a LBS in Vancouver and they had a Large SX Trail that I sat on. The position just sitting felt good, however, I definately felt like I would be cramped going up some of the steep stuff.
If all I rode was XC, rolling hardpack trails and downhill, than I think the XL would be perfect, but I love to go downhill through rock-gardens at mach-schnell and I feel like the crazy long top tube and wheelbase of the XL would almost be a little hard to keep on track.
Calling a LBS in Squamish and hoping that they have a large Enduro SL in stock that I can ride around the parking lot.
Thanks again for all the replies. I’ll let you know what I go with.
FYI: The longer bike is more stable at speed. The shorter bike is more nimble.
A short bike will never be as stable as a long bike. A long bike can be made to braaap like a short bike.
Lee, that theory is exactly what will put my mind at ease as I take to the trail on my extra large.
Stems are interchangeable, AFAIK they are integrated with top crown, but can be removed. Would it make sense to produce forks for every bike size, since they come with different lengths?