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A good bike frame for tall people(5 posts)

A good bike frame for tall peopleGothik
May 7, 2001 8:26 PM
Hi,
Can anyone tell me a good bike frame for some one 6'5"?
Long rides mainly. $1500.00 price range...Thx
My ExperienceStewK
May 8, 2001 5:03 AM
I'm about your height with a 37 3/4" inseam ("cycling" inseam not clothing inseam). If you're dimensions are similar to mine then I think you need to go custom.

I have a 65cm steel road frame built by TET cycles (www.tetcycles.com). I have found it to be a very comfortable and stiff frame. Before I ordered the frame, I went to a Serotta fit technician and had all the frame dimensions spec'd out.

There are many custom frames available both on the Internet and through local bike sellers, but I couldn't find any that were as reasonably priced as TET.

Good luck.
Might look at Atlantis, tooCory
May 8, 2001 10:28 AM
You're going to need probably a 64cm or larger frame (I'm an inch shorter than you, and I'm right on the edge of too big for a 64). Guaranteed, though, if you walk into a bike shop, somebody will try to put you on a 62 they just happen to have in stock. Landshark sounds good (never ridden one), but I'm also really happy with my Atlantis. It's the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden, just right for 50+ mile rides. Check it at www.rivendellbicycles.com.
re: A good bike frame for tall peoplemadstork
May 8, 2001 9:34 AM
I'm 6'4". I was looking for a frame for long rides in the $1500-$1700 range, so I went to my LBS and discussed options. Going in, I was leaning toward a steel bike, probably a Landshark or Colnago. My LBS sells lots of those bikes, plus Litespeeds if I wanted ti, so I had some good options.

First things first - the LBS owner took my measurements and evaluated my current ride setup. Based on the numbers, my riding preferences and my price range, a Colnago Master Extralight or a Landshark were my best options (funny how that worked out). I decided to go with Landshark. Mine is Reynolds 853 steel with optional Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork. The geometry is custom, I chose the paint scheme and colors, and even had the top tube dropped similar to a large Colnago.

I love this bike. Construction is fantastic, handling is great, and it's comfortable on long rides. It's stiff (to me anyway) in the bottom bracket. John Slawta used an oversize downtube that is slightly ovalized that I think does the trick. And the paint job knocked me out! Just what I wanted. See landsharkbicycles.com for a price list and a gallery of bikes.

I'm sure the Colnago would have been great also. I had a tough choice. I think back to Edwig van Hooydonk winning Tour of Flanders (twice?) on a Colnago with dropped top tube - Edwig was 6'3" or more IIRC. Lot of history in those bikes - plus, they're Italian! I'm having thoughts of another bike - maybe a Colnago Ovalmaster - so I could have a steel bike and a ti bike.

Look into Steelman and Waterford also. I've read and heard good things about these frames.
More on LandsharkDean
May 8, 2001 9:52 AM
I also have a Landshark and I love it. I would recommend one for anyone. After checking out the Landshark website, check out GVH Bikes. You can get a custom Landshark through him for less that the MSRP in the Landshark web site. Good luck.