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Old 07-10-21, 09:17 PM
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Lower seat post when already min height

Ok, wife is 5'2" i bought a used 2009 Giant Cypress DX (Medium womens) its a little too tall but need to make work. Everything is adjustable but the suspension seatpost is aleady at lowest point. Is there any reason i cant just replace with solid post to get it down 2" lower for her?

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Originally Posted by RayMAKER View Post
Ok, wife is 5'2" i bought a used 2009 Giant Cypress DX (Medium womens) its a little too tall but need to make work. Everything is adjustable but the suspension seatpost is aleady at lowest point. Is there any reason i cant just replace with solid post to get it down 2" lower for her?

Thanks for any help on this.
I can't think of one other than the rider's objection to doing that, which would mean a different bike. Bike is too big. Reach might be too great and bars too high, which might not be particularly comfortable and not the way the bike was designed to be ridden.
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The bike is still very almost certain to be too big for your wife, if 5' 2" is not a typo. It's too big for me, at least on paper, and I'm 5' 7".
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Sounds too big, to me. By quite a bit.

Depends a lot on riding position, of course. But, myself, at 5'9" and a relatively upright riding preference, I find that any top tube in the 22" range (as the Cypress DX / MED is, in the current geometry) to be far too much of a reach for me ... assuming the standard stem and bars. To say nothing of the stand-over height. Which, at least in current geometry, is more than 30" for the Medium size.

About ten years ago, I tried out a Cypress, among others, and found the Small size to be about right or perhaps a tad large for me. Though everyone's different.

You can certainly swap out the "suspension" seat post for something that'll allow more downward adjustment. And there are some saddles that measure a bit less height from pad to rails as compared to a well-padded saddle (uncertain which this bike has). Which, with this frame and rider fit, is probably about your only option. Short of a frame change to something better-fitting.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
I can't think of one other than the rider's objection to doing that, which would mean a different bike. Bike is too big. Reach might be too great and bars too high, which might not be particularly comfortable and not the way the bike was designed to be ridden.
The top tube isnt any issue, only the seat. This is a low step theough type bike. I agree its way too big if it were the mens model but lowering seat by 2 inches and she damn near can sit flat footed on seat to floor. Seat posts are cheap i will see what that does. The bars adjust waay down.
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The top tube isnt any issue, only the seat. This is a low step theough type bike. I agree its way too big if it were the mens model but lowering seat by 2 inches and she damn near can sit flat footed on seat to floor. Seat posts are cheap i will see what that does. The bars adjust waay down.
I've looked at the bike. Height of top tube is of course not an issue, only the length of it. You don't want the saddle that low in any case. With normal saddle height, one can just barely touch the ground with one's toes while sitting on the saddle.
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The Giant Cypress are bizarrely massive frames. I had one a few years ago - I got a medium, and found it felt WAY too big. I'm 6' tall. I don't see how someone 5'2" could feel comfortable on that bike. It got sold very quickly.

For comparison's sake, I ride a 58/59cm road bike.
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Yes, you can change the seatpost to a regular one without any other problems.

However, I would recommend also getting a stem that is maybe a bit shorter, which places the handlebars down lower. Or at least mount the current quill stem all the way down into the head tube.
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