The bike I bought has 26 inch wheels with 53-559 (26X1.95) tires. I am around 5' 8" and weigh about 170.
Based on your question, I am assuming that you already know how to find your inseam length, thus, your frame size. But the frame sizes will vary so here is a good way to determine whether or not this bike (the 26 inch) will fit you.
This bike has around a 29 inch stand over height. (For a proper fit, you need to stand over the frame of the bike with your feet flat on the ground, and you should have between 3 to 5 inches of clearance between the top tube and your pelvic/crotch area. Girls can use the "boys/mens" bike for sizing then get the "girls/womens" version of the same bike if they wish.)
For example, my inseam is around 30 inches, but because of the design of this bike and how the top tube is formed, I can fit this bike. Actually, I don't have the required clearance for a "proper" fit, but I like the weight, feel, and rider position of a taller bike, and this bike allows for enough adjustment to get the proper leg extension and power throughout the pedaling stroke. (I am just over 5' 8" with my shoes on.)
By now you can tell that there is no quick way to determine whether or not you can fit any particular bike, unless you have the bike in front of you. The length of the top tube, the stand over height, etc., will vary by manufacturer even if the bike is classed in the same category, (i.e., 20" bikes, 24" bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, etc.)
The only true way to know if you will fit this particular bike is to go to a Wal-Mart store and have an employee pull one down for you and well, stand over it, to see how it fits you personally. (Maybe with the Department/Store managers help, you can even find a way to get in a quick ride up and down an isle or in the parking lot or something?) If that is not possible, maybe you, (or your friends), know of someone who owns this bike and they would let you get in a quick ride to see if you like the bike and it fits you correctly.
Also, there are some other things to consider, like, Are you still growing? What is your riding style? What is your skill set? For what purpose is the bike going to be used? What is your budget for the style of bike that you have chosen?
If you still have problems, I am sure you can find a store employee that can help, or you can visit your local bike shop for pointers, tips, and help on the proper bike selection. (Be sure to go to a reputable and trusted bike shop. Any respectable shop wants to make sure that you enjoy your bike and that is safe and properly cared for to get the most enjoyment out of it that you can for as long as you can. Do not just go to the shop with the best looking/dressed employees or the one with the most flashy/expensive items, shops like that tend to just push sales and/or their own brands.)
I hope that this helps.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
- Topeka, KS
Go to a walmart store and try both. Which ever feels more comfortable will be the one. Ask an Walmart assembler or toys associate for help on sizing. I would pick the 26 inch XR-75 as it is more adjustable for different heights.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago