When it comes to mountain biking, bigger is not always better. That’s why, when choosing a bike, size really does matter. But what about those of us who are vertically challenged? Can short people ride 29ers?
The simple answer is yes, but it’s not quite that simple. You see, 29er bikes are designed for taller riders. This means that, if you’re on the shorter side, you may have to try several bikes to find one that feels comfortable with the reach, the standover height, and the overall geometry of the bike.
However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t ride a 29er. In fact, many short people do and love it. The key is to find the right bike and make some adjustments so that it fits you properly.
What are the main size considerations when choosing a mountain bike?
Depending on the bike you are considering, some bike makers choose to offer smaller sizes with 27.5″ wheels on the smaller size frames. Some offer a mullet setup which can be a good option if a full 29er isn’t available on the bike you want. This would be a 27.5 rear wheel and a 29er front wheel.
Some bike manufacturers make smaller size frames with 27.5″ wheels for XS or S sizes. Then 29″ for M, L, and up. The thinking behind this is that it’s easier to make a smaller bike around a 27.5″ wheel rather than a 29″ wheel because the latter creates more standover height. So, if you’re on the shorter side, you might want to consider looking for a bike with 27.5″ wheels.
There are some general things to keep in mind when choosing a bike as a short person. First, you want to make sure that the bike frame is small enough for you. This means that the top tube (the horizontal bar that goes from the seat to the handlebars) should be short enough so that you can comfortably stand over it.
If the top tube is too long, you’ll have to put the seat all the way back on its rails, which will make pedaling less efficient. You also want to make sure that the reach (the distance from the seat to the handlebars) is short enough so that you can comfortably reach the handlebars.
If the reach is too long, you’ll have to stretch to reach the handlebars, which can be uncomfortable and may even cause you to lose control of the bike.
How to adjust the bike setup for your size
Once you’ve found a bike that fits your frame, there are a few other things you can do to make sure it’s comfortable for you to ride.
First, you may want to lower the seat. This will give you more control of the bike and make pedaling easier. Whether that is lowering the dropper post or just dropping the height of your seatpost manually.
You can also try using a shorter stem. This will bring the handlebars closer to you and make it easier to steer the bike. You may also want to invest in a set of handlebars with a shorter reach.
With a few adjustments, you can make any 29er bike work for you, no matter your height. So don’t let your height stop you from enjoying the ride. Get out there and find your perfect bike today.
What factors affect a shorter mountain bike rider?
While some short riders have found success on 29ers, others have found that the larger wheels are just too much to handle. There are a few factors that come into play when determining whether or not a short rider can successfully ride a 29er.
First, it’s important to consider the geometry of the bike. A bike with a longer top tube and shorter stem will be harder to maneuver for a shorter rider than a bike with a shorter top tube and longer stem.
Second, the wheelbase is also important. A longer wheelbase provides stability at high speeds, but can make turning more difficult.
Third, suspension play plays a role in how a bike handles. A bike with less suspension travel will be more agile, but may not perform as well on rough terrain.
Lastly, tire width makes a difference. Wider tires provide more traction and stability, but can make pedaling more difficult.
So, what’s the verdict? Can short people ride 29ers? While there is no definitive answer, it seems that it depends on the individual rider and the specific bike they are riding. The best way to find out is to get out there and test one out for yourself!
If you’re a short rider who’s been thinking about trying out a 29er, there’s only one way to find out if it’s right for you—get out there and try one! Consider the factors listed above when making your decision, and test-ride as many bikes as you can before settling on the perfect one for you. With so many variables at play, only you can decide if riding a 29er is right for you. Good luck!