Frame size matters when you want to go fast but you don’t want to get injured.
So why not choose a frame that will accommodate you?
If you have no idea what size frame you should be, ask your local bike shop for advice.
And, if you’re looking for something you can afford, you can also take out a bike loan from one of Australia’s major bike retailers.
What are the pros and cons of frame size?
Frame size is one of the most important factors when it comes to riding a mountainbike, and this is particularly true for the bigger bikes.
If you don, say, want to ride a 5cm bike, you should always consider your frame size when you buy.
But if you want something a bit more spacious for your frame, or a bit longer in the saddle, the best way to decide your frame length is to have a bike shop make you an offer.
They’ll tell you what size you need, how long it should be and whether you should go bigger or shorter.
They can then help you pick a frame.
If, for example, you want a frame with a 24x36mm seat tube and a 10.5cm seat tube, the frame shop should probably also offer you a 10cm frame.
However, if your frame needs to be a bit wider for your riding needs, it may be best to choose a smaller frame, such as a 29.5×36.5 frame.
It’ll help you balance your bike’s size with other factors, such to make the bike more comfortable.
How to buy a frame for your mountain bike Frame size isn’t the only thing you should consider when buying a frame, and there are plenty of factors that go into choosing the right size frame for you.
Frame size has a huge impact on how fast you can go, and your frame can be your best friend in that regard.
A 30cm bike has a very wide seat tube compared to a 29mm frame, which can give you a much more comfortable ride.
Plus, your bike frame should be durable enough to withstand the rough terrain that will inevitably come your way.
The same goes for the rear wheel, with a 30cm frame having more of a flat bottom bracket, a wider rear tyre, and fewer grooves to hold on to.
Your frame should also be strong enough to handle the forces that come from your riding position, and the way that you ride, so the frame can withstand the impact that comes with that position.
In a perfect world, you’d choose a bike that’s made from sturdy material and a frame designed to last for a lifetime, but there are times when you’re riding a bigger bike and you just don’t have the money for a frame of the right length.
But don’t worry.
If your frame is too big, or if you have a bigger frame that needs to fit into your saddle, there are ways to add a bit of extra cushioning.
For instance, a 20cm frame with longer stems could give you extra height and support in your seat tube.
A 29mm bike might be the perfect choice for a rider who needs extra support in the seat tube but can’t afford a 30mm frame.
Another option would be a frame based on the frame size of the bike you’ve already bought, and which doesn’t have any additional padding or a frame made from lightweight material that won’t be as stiff as the frame you bought.
A good frame is one that you can use for a long time, and one that’s easy to adjust.
And it’s important to note that if you buy a mountain frame that has a seat post that’s longer than the frame that you’ve purchased, you’ll be buying a different bike frame than you’ll need.
So make sure that your frame and seat post fit properly before you buy it.