Why do pros use small frames?
In more modern times, pros often use a smaller frame that a similarly sized recreational rider because they want to ride a big drop to the handlebars. As head tubes continue to grow for a given frame size, pros are forced onto smaller frames to maintain their positions.
Is it better to get a smaller bike frame?
If your arm span is longer than your height, go for a bigger frame. If it’s shorter, get the smaller one. On a bigger bike, the reach to the handlebars will be longer. If you have proportionally longer arms, you are likely to feel more comfortable on a bigger frame.
Is a small bike frame bad?
A smaller frame will be marginally less reliable, and more prone to break, due to bigger stresses in its structure; longer stem and seat post mean bigger levers to exert force on the frame. But this should not be a significant effect.
How do I know if my bike is too small?
One of the main factors in determining when a bike is getting too small is the saddle height and seat post length. If a bike is too small you will no longer be able to set the saddle height high enough. Every seat post should have an minimum insertion line marked onto the metal.
Is it OK to buy a bike one size smaller?
Ideally you’d want to take them for a test drive, but failing that, at least do a standover test of both sizes in a bike shop. As several have pointed out, it is best to get something that actually fits you but with that in mind, it is better to go a little smaller than a little larger of a frame.
Can I use a bigger bike frame?
A larger frame will be harder to manuvuer in technical terrain however it will also be more stable at high speeds. You can still make a larger frame work for you with carful choices in crank sets, stem lengths and seat position. So, like most other things, it depends on your preferences and personal riding style.
What size bike do the pros ride?
Pros generally ride bikes that have a Top Tube of 20.5 inches to 22 inches in length. Shorter riders, including kids, generally have a Top Tube of 18 to 20 inches in length. The Top Tube for a Pro-size bike is 20.5 inches to 21 inches in length.
Is a smaller bike faster?
Push bikes with larger wheels can go faster than the ones with smaller wheels because the radius of the wheel is larger they are also more stable at higher speeds.