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64 cm frames/bikes--who makes them stock in steel?(9 posts)

64 cm frames/bikes--who makes them stock in steel?xxl
Jan 15, 2002 3:30 PM
I'm a large (6'4", 225 lbs.) rider, and I've been riding a 62 cm. (c-t-c) frame for years, retrofitting the stem and seatpost to get a decent riding position. Not the optimal solution, but workable.

Then I acquired an old Raleigh touring ride, in 64 cm., with a correspondingly longer top tube, etc., and really liked the fit, as well as the idea of using the same stems and seatposts as normal folk.

Sadly, my Raleigh bought the farm under the wheels of an errant Chrysler, and is no more (but, hey, I got a nice settlement, and nothing seriously broken). So I need to know if anyone out there knows of a manufacturer that makes a 64 cm. frame/bike, in steel, as a stock size. I had my heart set on Fuji's Roubaix Pro, but they've dropped their largest size to a 61 cm., which isn't the direction I was looking to go.
I'm exactly the same size, exactly the same experience...cory
Jan 15, 2002 3:55 PM
I rode 62s for years because that's all anybody had in stock. Many manufacturers don't make anything bigger, and often those who do have big frames only in one cheapo model. Finally tried a friend's 64cm Salvation Army bike, a real junker, around a parking lot one afternoon. It wouldn't shift and would barely stop, but it was more comfortable than anything I'd owned in 20 years.
I looked all over for a 64 I could afford. Finally wound up with an Atlantis from Rivendell (www.rivendellbicycles.com), and I love it. The frame was $950, and by using stuff I had around, I managed to build it up for about $350 more. That's a lot of money for me (one kid in college and one headed there), but it was absolutely worth it. I plan to ride it the rest of my life.
Usually I'm a big fan of used bikes, but it's really hard to find big frames used. Ebay hasn't listed a 64 in at least two years. Gary at GVHbikes.com occasionally lists something big, and he has a good reputation (he tried to find something for me). For a number of reasons, though, I finally went with the Atlantis. Riv also has a new, lighter bike coming for the same price, the Rambouillet, but at my weight I don't mind a little extra metal. Good luck.
re: 64 cm frames/bikes--who makes them stock in steel?gtx
Jan 15, 2002 4:40 PM
Merckx makes a 63 c-c in the MX Leader and Colnago has a 65 c-t.

http://www.cbike.com/mx.htm

http://www.cbike.com/masterxlight.htm

Steelman and IF have a 63 c-c

http://www.steelmancycles.com/sr.html

http://www.ifbikes.com/crownjewel.cfm

sorry, couldn't find much else bigger. Like Cory mentioned, the Rivendell is a great option. Also, custom may be cheaper than you think. This guy is affordable and got into frame building cause he couldn't find any bikes big enough for him.

http://www.curtlo.com

Good luck.
more to fit than "size"C-40
Jan 15, 2002 6:29 PM
What you really need to to is get a professional fitting to determine the total geometry that you need, including top tube length, seat tube angle, and head tube length. The frame size is actually less critical than these other dimensions.

Once you know the appropriate geometry it's easier to search for an appropriate frame. In your case, a custom might be advisable. Check out zinncycles.com, he specializes in bikes for large folks.
re: 64 cm frames/bikes--who makes them stock in steel?Elefantino
Jan 15, 2002 6:42 PM
Because of your height and weight, I'd also suggest not ruling out custom. It is not as expensive as it sounds.

One other name I'll throw at you: Bob Jackson Cycles. Jackson makes some of the best large-size customs in the world and has for decades.

I'm 6-5, 210 (well, probably down to about 200 now), and I'm lucky enough to like my 62 OCLV and (hopefully, I haven't ridden it yet) my 62 Specialized S-Works. However, if I were looking to buy a steel bike, and I didn't like or fit on the LeMond, then I'd look at Jackson — or Ibis or Ritchey if I wanted to buy American, or Pegoretti if I wanted Italian.

OK, so that's a few more names. Sorry.

FWIW
Mike
customstarwheel
Jan 16, 2002 8:46 AM
I would definitely consider the custom route if I were you. Two good options for reasonable prices in light steel frames are www.deanbikes.com and www.anvilbikes.com. For a little more money, you might consider www.steelmancycles.com
re: 64 cm frames/bikes--who makes them stock in steel?fuzzybunnies
Jan 15, 2002 7:50 PM
Harry havnoonian stocks frames to a size 72 and will also do custom sizing, prices are fairly reasonable compared to many of the custom builders out there. His custom option's 150.00 more than the standard frame prices.
http://www.hhracinggroup.baweb.com/
Russ
Roadbike Review marketplace search!64cm Merckx MX LeaderJohn S.
Jan 15, 2002 9:45 PM
I just stumbled across a Merckx 64cm MX Leader in the the marketplace section of this site. Just search for Merckx.
re: 64 cm frames/bikes--who makes them stock in steel?ridewt
Jan 16, 2002 2:09 PM
I'm 6'3" and looked for a long time for a production bike that would fit. I think that the LeMond bikes have one of the longest top tubes around. The 61 cm has a 60.5 top tube. I've always found that top tube length was more critical than seat tube, assuming the seat tube was close. I think the 61 is measured c-c anyway so it is more like a 63 c-t. A lot of Serotta bikes have long top tubes too. Look at the campy/shimano post above and go to that site - someone is selling a nice Serotta - 62 cm with 61 cm top tube.