Geez, at 5'6" with a 29 inch inseam, I don't think I've EVER been able to flat-foot ANY bike I've owned, but I never thought of this as a disadvantage. In fact, I made my living for 10 years pulling wrenches in a motorcycle shop between 1965 and 1975, and never had a problem riding anything (although I admit that tha advent of the mini-motocrossers was WAY cool. . . ). Trouble is, there have been a number of studies that prove that being tall DOES improve your chances for advancement in the corporate world, so in this hyper-competitive era, I guess this surgery should not be shocking . . .