Hey, I’m a fully-grown, short rider at only 5-foot. I find a 20” top tube length too big for me, but I can’t find anywhere that does anything smaller than that, unless it’s a kid’s bike. In which case it weighs a ton. I’m looking for a lightweight BMX with a frame suitable for my height. Any advice?
ANS- At 5’ you should be able to ride a 20” top tube frame in total comfort. If you feel like the bike is simply too hard to manage and are equating that to the bike being too long, then try a taller set of bars or a shorter rear end. If the bike is still too long then you can always go with a flatland frame with a 19” or shorter top tube, but if your riding anything more then light street, that probably wont have enough “beef”. You could always step down to an 18” wheeled bike, but that’s getting too small for someone of your height. If your intent on a performance frame with a shorter top tube, you can always have a company like S&M or Standard make you a custom frame and build it up from there, but that can get pricey. As you can see, there will always be a compromise when you are looking for something considered out of the norm, but at least you have the advantage of being fully grown, so whatever you decide on, you will be set with for the long haul.