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I've been looking at getting a bike (MTB), mainly for exercise and losing a bit of weight as there are a few trails /cycle paths near me. I'm not looking to spend a fortune but I've pretty much decided on what I want.

The problem I'm having is that because we are near the end of season (which is good for me from a cost perspective), trying to find what I want in the right size is proving difficult. I also appear to be 'between' bike sizes, so it's creating a bit of consternation (and overthinking on my part), so the question is really one of size *cough*;

I'm looking at CUBE Aim range, Pro/Race/SL (black/yellow / black/red or grey/blue) and I appear to be in the top end of the M/18" frame bracket (Height 177cm / 5'10, Leg 82cm / 32.5'). Different sites seem to offer different advice based on my stats and I really don't get the detailed geometry on cubes site.

e.g. Mountain Bike Size Guide | Rutland Cycling - states Medium/Large, but Tredz shows ideally Medium, but these are generic.

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I also found on a few cycling forums that Cube bikes size up small

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I've found the AIM Pro/SL in the colour I want for a reasonably good price, but they only have them in the 19"/29er and stupidly to get it in 18"/27.5 it's about £150 more expensive from another supplier (where I can't get discount)

Am I going to notice that much difference ride/stance wise? If' I plumped for the 19/29er am I going to ride thinking it's too big for me?

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Best bet is to go try one for size if possible,different manufacturers have different sizing.
Problem might be if you go with a large frame you may end up over reaching to the bars as the top tube length may not not suit your upper body,this would become uncomfortable after a while. This can be sorted by shortening the stem etc but you've just bought a bike and you're having to spend on it to suit you.
If you go medium,the only thing you'll probabley have to adjust is the seat height which won't cost you anything.
 

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Best bet is to go try one for size if possible,different manufacturers have different sizing.
Problem might be if you go with a large frame you may end up over reaching to the bars as the top tube length may not not suit your upper body,this would become uncomfortable after a while. This can be sorted by shortening the stem etc but you've just bought a bike and you're having to spend on it to suit you.
If you go medium,the only thing you'll probabley have to adjust is the seat height which won't cost you anything.
Thanks. I'm planning on taking a trip to Formby Cycles at the weekend, they have them but they are overpriced in comparison to online. When I spoke to them the other day they did initially advise me to get the 19" frame as there isn't much difference between the two, but as you've said I don't want to be in a position that I'm uncomfortable /reaching.

The place I had earmarked for both the 18 and 19 has sold out of the smaller frame in the last week alone, so I'm just getting a bit concerned I will end up with nothing!
 

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why not go to halfords and ask for more information about frame sizes for you height

You can get this to heighten the head set if you have to ...

Hope Space Doctor Headset Stem Spacer Pack - Multiple Colours

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Iv got a AIM Pro/SL and its a nice bike 19 and and 5'5 lol
 

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Plus get this as well , will save you a fortune in the end if you use your bike a lot

Bike Chain Wear Indicator Tool Bicycle Maintenance Stretching Detector Cycling

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Use this guide then when you get riding tweak it for the first month with an Allen key.

https://www.google.com/search?ei=74tWXbtro_XGA8vJouAE&q=how+to+what+size+mtb+&oq=how+to+what+size+mtb+&gs_l=psy-ab.3..0i22i30l10.18594.26078..26484...4.1..0.296.2712.15j8j2......0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j35i39j0i67j0i131j0j0i20i263j0i10j0i13j0i22i10i30j33i22i29i30j33i10.1DRwJtMgReo&ved=0ahUKEwj7nt_FnYfkAhWjunEKHcukCEwQ4dUDCAo&uact=5#kpvalbx=_CoxWXeL9KcWV1fAPoeCEmAU30

Cube bike ahhhh the one bike I regret selling some years ago identical to the one in the picture.




. Solid, not over heavy , last you years and not overally expensive. Wait a few months till all the summer guys start flogging their Apirl bikes there's some serious bargains to be had.
 

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If your not looking to spend a load of money, have a look at Decathlon. Their bikes get great reviews for the price point.
Cube bikes look good and have an OK spec. However if you have an issue, their customer service is dreadful and your LBS may not get paid for warranty works.
 
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