View Full Version : wheel size vs. rider size

02-25-2009, 02:21 PM
I was going to build 2 high rollers for my kids but all donor bikes have 27 inch wheels. Kids are 5' 2" AND 4'9". Should I change track and build two tadpoles with 27" tires or try to find 20" tires? So far I have scored 4 bikes, 3 from freecycle and one from craigslist for $30 and have 2 more available with 27 inch tires. Anyone have wheel size to rider size issues.

Radical Brad
02-25-2009, 02:42 PM
Looks like you will need 20 inch rims, at least on the front.


02-25-2009, 07:24 PM
My daughters HighRoller was made with 24" mountain bike wheels. The seat is roughly 23" off the ground and is 9" wide at the widest. Beki is 5'-4" tall and she can touch the ground ok. Hope this helps.

Like Brad says put a 20" on the front. Put a 24" on the the back. I said that.



02-25-2009, 07:31 PM
The Bacchetta High Racers have similar geometry to the High Roller. You may find this fitting guide (along with the recommended X-Seam measurements for each of their bikes, on the Bacchetta site to be of use: