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Tall Riders(2 posts)

Tall RidersZaggy
Jun 16, 2001 1:20 AM
Just wondering if anyone has any ideas where to begin my search for gear for large cyclists. I am 6'9'' basketball player, and my weight varies from about 235 lbs in season to 250 lbs out of season. The touring bike i purchased when i was in High School is a little on the small side, as well as the fact that i am rather hard on wheelsets...

I am on a college student budget, but have found a guy in town that will build a steel frame for me for pennies. The guys at my lbs set me up with him, i believe he used to build for serotta...but i am looking for suggestions for the rest of my build kit...thanks...
180mm crank arms & 36 spoke wheels...C-40
Jun 16, 2001 1:30 PM
To get 180mm crank arms for those long legs, you'll have to go with DuraAce or Campy Record, which will raise the price about $80-110. If you're on a tight budget, Shimano 105 is the lowest level of components that I could recommend (and I hate to recommend Shimano).

If you can spend another $125, it's a close call between Shimano Ultegra and Campy Daytona. Daytona has the advantage of having a 10 speed cassette, vs. Ultegra's 9. If you get a Daytona group with Record cranks arms and a Chorus bottom bracket (another$30), this is as cheap as you can get 10 speed.

At your weight I'd stick with 36 spoke wheels with 14/15 gage spokes in the back, maybe 32 spokes in front. Mavic CXP-33 rims would be plenty stout.

Generally, you LBS will ask a lot more $ for the build kit than most mail order or web stores. Many folks are even buying from overseas websites, like or, to get the lowest prices.