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Hey all. I'm trying to decide on what bike to get. I was cursed with the short gene.... I'm about 5'1 and 110 lbs. I'm a 20 year old female, so I will not be growing anymore. I've been riding since I was six, so experience is not an issue. The last bike I rode was a KTM 85 SX. I raced it and rode on trails. It's been about two years since I've been riding and I'm looking to get into it again. I really want to move away from minis, since I feel like I need more power. Being so short, though, a 125 will be pretty big for my height. I know I can shave the seat down, which will probably only give me about an inch or so? I've also heard about putting a lowering link in and sagging the suspension. What do you guys think? I'd really appreciate some opinions. :)

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Like mentioned you could opt for a kx100, ktm 105 or a crf150r.  However, considering your at your max height and you have good experience I would opt for a full sized bike.  I would look around for a 125 that you can mesh with ergo wise and then do what you can to get it a bit lower.  I know that rm125 and kx125 had the lowest seat heights while the yz125 has one of the tallest.  You can generally lower a full sized bike 3 to 3.5 inches.  You can safely lower the suspension internally about 2 to 2.5 inches.  Then you can remove 1 to 1.5 inches from the seat.

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Like mentioned you could opt for a kx100, ktm 105 or a crf150r.  However, considering your at your max height and you have good experience I would opt for a full sized bike.  I would look around for a 125 that you can mesh with ergo wise and then do what you can to get it a bit lower.  I know that rm125 and kx125 had the lowest seat heights while the yz125 has one of the tallest.  You can generally lower a full sized bike 3 to 3.5 inches.  You can safely lower the suspension internally about 2 to 2.5 inches.  Then you can remove 1 to 1.5 inches from the seat.

Do you know if lowering the suspension will have any negative impact on how the bike rides?

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Do you know if lowering the suspension will have any negative impact on how the bike rides?

As long as you keep it to about 2" of drop then there aren't a lot of negatives. If you're jumping serious stuff then you'll have a compromise a bit with bottoming vs plushness because of the reduced travel. Some bikes actually handle better in the corners with 1-2" of drop. Basically, any scenario where you'd use up almost all your travel will be a bit of a compromise to get a shorter ride height. For trail riding there aren't a lot of those but in mx there can be. However, if you look at that compromise in travel and compare it to riding a kx100...I'd take the dropped full size bike any day.

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As long as you keep it to about 2" of drop then there aren't a lot of negatives. If you're jumping serious stuff then you'll have a compromise a bit with bottoming vs plushness because of the reduced travel. Some bikes actually handle better in the corners with 1-2" of drop. Basically, any scenario where you'd use up almost all your travel will be a bit of a compromise to get a shorter ride height. For trail riding there aren't a lot of those but in mx there can be. However, if you look at that compromise in travel and compare it to riding a kx100...I'd take the dropped full size bike any day.

 

I see. Very helpful. I will be jumping the bike so I'll most likely be looking for a KX 125. Thanks very much for your input.

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