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The Shortlist

As some of you may have guessed from the title of my blog, I’m not very tall. To be specific, I have short legs – 28″ or around 71cm. That’s actually the standard length for a pair of trousers sized as “short”, so short, but not unheard of.

This never used to be an issue, but standover heights on new bikes seem to be every increasing – especially on bikes with the new larger wheel sizes – to the point where I have really struggled to find a bike that fits me.

I have found it so hard to find a full suspension bike that I can actually stand astride, I decided to compile a list of all these bikes that cater for us shorties. These are just the bikes I have come across and I’m always keen to hear of new ones, so if you think I’ve missed something, please let me know and I will add it.

The criteria is a standover height of 72cm or less, that’s all. Sounds easy, so why is it so hard?!

The Shortlist 

Full Suspension ¦ Hardtail

Full Suspension Bikes
Manufacturer Model Frame Size Wheel size Standover Height Seat Tube Length Top Tube Length
GT Sensor Elite Small 27.5″ 722 448 560
Kona Process 134 Small 27.5″ 650 405 582
NEW Kona Process 134 SE XS 27.5″ 650 345 549
Boardman FS Pro Small 27.5″ * 408 590
Giant Trance Small 27.5″ * 407 570
NEW Orange Five v2 S 27.5″ 715 406 590
NEW Bird Aeris S 27.5″ 710** 425 600
NEW Bird Aeris XS 27.5″ 685** 380 580

* No standover height listed, but I have tried one and I clear the top tube, so less than 72cm 
** Based on estimates with the Medium frame being a confirmed 733mm standover


Hardtail Bikes
Manufacturer Model Frame Size Wheel size Standover Height Seat Tube Length Top Tube Length
Bird Zero 15″ 27.5″ 655 381 575
Bird Zero 17″ 27.5″ 704 381 575
Bird Zero 19″ 27.5″ 728 381 575

If you have a suggestion for The Shortlist, please let me know using the form here.

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