Bicycle Repair/height



How important is the stand over clearance?   My old KHS full suspensions, has about 4" which is great, while a new one,tried Ibis HDE 650B  27.5"  I tried,  had hardly 1" and it was much less comfortable.     Both are Med. 17"

Looks like some nice bikes that I'd like to purchase have hardly 1" clearance...  What is your input please?

Thanks you,  Gabe

Bike fit from brand to brand can get quite tricky.  Many manufacturers seem to be steering away from measurements in relation to the seat tube length, in favour of more generic S-M-L-XL style sizing.  
It's generally recommended to have some degree of standover clearance, but it should not overshadow other considerations such as the ability to achieve full leg extension in the sadddle, combined with comfortable reach to the handlebars , etc.  Increased standover may compromise those other parameters, in that you'll be forced into a smaller frame, potentially.

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I can answer most inquiries with respect to bicycle assembly, repair, tuning and maintenance. I am less than inclined to speak on such questions as "What kind of bike should I buy?", &/or "What is this bike worth?", etc. Any answers to these types of questions may correlate poorly to an acceptable "fact/sarcasm" ratio.


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