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23 inch frame?

Sparky_1Sparky_1 Posts: 8
edited September 2015 in MTB buying advice

After many weeks Im still struggling to find a bike that I like.

Im 6'6 - 17 stone.

Budget 2.5-3k.

So I know I definitely need a 23 inch frame. Problem is many manufacturers simply don't make a 23 inch.

I don't mind on 27.5 or 29. So far options are Trek fuel, Norco, Whyte t-129 & specialised. Mainly in the 29.

How many 650b 23 inch frames are out there? Does anyone have any other makes/models that can help me out?
At the moment its looking like the whyte t-129 RS comes out in a few weeks. Rear tyre is 2inch wide compared to the fronts 2.25? Most other specs ive looked at for 29er's they are using 2.3 on rear.
Any ideas why Whyte might have gone to 2" rear? (I am new so sorry if this sounds daft)

Any bike which is 23 inch frame and full sus please comment so I can have a look online.
Will really help me out before just going with the whyte.


  • Update im now thinking about the Specialized Enduro FSR Elite. Any advice/worth the money?

  • The Enduro is a bit of a tank. How about a Stumpjumper?
    Trek always used to be good for XL bikes.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,795
    It's frame length that matters not the nominal and rathe irrelevant seat tube length, with the propensity for dropper posts many bikes are now longer for the nominal size, so you may find a 22 or even 21" is just fine, just you'll have a lot of seatpost showing.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • Unless you have long legs, then seat tube length is important. A couple friends struggle to find moder frames with a long enough seat tube to get full saddle height even using a 420mm dropper post.
  • This is the problem I have long legs :/. My dad rides a trek rumble fish 23inch frame and I can ride that pretty sweet.

    I think its either the whyte t-129RS or specialised enduro fsr elite 29.
    Does anyone have/ride an enduro?

    in terms of components for 3k is the below any good?

    Rear Derailleur:
    SRAM X1, 11-speed, alloy cage
    Number of Gears:
    SRAM X1, 11-speed, trigger
    SRAM GX-1000, 11-speed, PF30, 28T X-Sync ring, 94mm BCD spider
    Bottom Bracket:
    SRAM, PF30, OS press-in bearings, sealed cartridge
    SRAM XG-1175, 11-speed, 10-42t
    SRAM X1, 11-speed, trigger
    SRAM Guide R, metallic pads
    Brake Levers:
    SRAM Guide R, alloy lever, reach adjust
    Specialized, 7050 alloy, 8-backsweep, 6-upsweep, 10mm rise, 780mm, 31.8mm
    Specialized XC, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise
    1-1/8" upper, 1-1/2" lower, Campy style, integrated sealed cartridge bearings
    Specialized Sip Grip, light lock-on, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
    Roval 29, alloy, 29mm inner width, 24/28h
    Front Hub:
    Specialized, Hi Lo disc, sealed cartridge bearings, 15mm thru-axle, 24h
    Rear Hub:
    Specialized, Hi Lo disc, 4x sealed cartridge bearings, 12mm thru-axle, 28h
    DT Swiss Industry, stainless
    Front Tyre:
    Specialized Butcher Control, 60TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 29×2.3″
    Rear Tyre:
    Specialized Slaughter Control, 60TPI, 2Bliss Ready, folding bead, 29×2.3″
    Body Geometry Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Are you really going to ride gnarly enough trails to make it worth suffering the climbs on a 160mm travel, heavy bike?
    The Whyte would be much better for most UK riding.
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