I’m intrigued to get my first 36er and the Oracle 36 looks very cool to me. The only problem is that UDC lists a minimum inseam length of 31.1"(79cm) with the seat post cut down; but I have only 30.7"(78cm) even with my tallest shoes. Could this be a dealbreaker to me? Is there any shorter Oracle riders around?
For a KH36 you may need to use a different saddle/seatpost than stock (and Nimbus shadow handle not recommended etc) but yes, with a 77cm inseam a KH36 is rideable. With 150mm cranks my seat was the full way down, and with 125mm the seat was ~1-1.5cm off from the very minimum.
I must be about the same size as you (5’7 and just measured 30.5" inseam with my boots). I thought I’d have to go the Nightfox route if I wanted to go up to a 36" from my 32", but an Oracle would probably do me too.
I’m 5’9 but never realized my legs are so short Anyways glad they are conservative on the measurement.
I definitely would recommend the Oracle, but with the seat post all the way down, while still being at a comfortable riding position, I can’t have it lower any further. I can’t use a pair of longer cranks neither (currently using the stock 125mm cranks). It’s good enough for me though.
Hey, I just realized you were already here. Based on my experience in the past 10 months, I think with 30.5" inseam you’ll be fine with an Oracle 36. My inseam is almost the same as yours, I can ride it without any problems, and I can even increase the seat height for like half an inch. Don’t hesitate, join the fun of the Big Wheels!
Thanks. I had absolutely no memory of this thread at all when I asked the question on the other thread! Anyhow, seeing the photos of your setup is very useful as it reinforces that I’d probably be fine on a 36".
I changed the cranks to a pair of 118mm Impact Eiffel Tower today (from the stock 125mm VCX). It effectively lowered my seat height by 7mm, which does not seem to be a big deal but surprisingly made the ride much more comfortable, despite the shorter cranks being harder to pedal and control. In a 20km test ride, I feel much less discomfort in the crotch area. So I guess, maybe, I did make some tradeoffs for riding without meeting the minimum inseam requirement. I’ll do more test to see if that’s true.