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Good hybrid for tall people?(6 posts)

Good hybrid for tall people?amosb
Jan 17, 2002 12:57 PM
At 6'6", I'm finding it tough to find a good hybrid to replace my stolen Cannondale H300 (I could just go back to the H300, but the fit felt slightly off for long rides and the sorry state of the components after my relatively mild beating convinced me to at least look elsewhere). The specs of the Trek 7500FX are almost ideal for my use, but its max frame size of 22.5" worries me.

Are you tall? Do you have a hybrid you just love? Any suggestions or sage advice from tall riders out there would be much appreciated.

re: Good hybrid for tall people?Rich Clark
Jan 17, 2002 1:55 PM
Why restrict yourself to some company's idea of what makes a good hybrid? Pick a touring or cyclocross frame that fits you and have your LBS build it the way you want it. Use flat bars or risers, pick your favorite shifters, use suspension components where they make sense to you and rigid ones where they don't. Order strong touring rims, 36-hole, and have a good wheelbuilder make you a set of wheels that will last years without a broken spoke. Buy the saddle you want, not the one that comes with the bike. Get exactly the gearing and crank length that will serve your needs.

The amazing part is that it's possible to do all this without necessarily paying more than you would for a high-end factory hybrid... or if you do, you'll know exactly where the money went.

Hybrids, perhaps more than any other style of bike, are designed to make a strong first impression on neophyte riders, rather than to be perfect. If you ride a lot, you should have a perfect bike.

Add a little to that...cory
Jan 17, 2002 4:17 PM
How much are you planning to spend? I was in a similar situation a year ago (I'm 6'4" and couldn't find an over-the-counter bike that fit, or rather a dealer who could be bothered to look for one). 62cm, which is the max a lot of companies make and most dealers stock, is too small for me.
I was hoping to stay around $1000 (one kid in college and another about to start). Finally, though, I nutted up and bought an Atlantis from Rivendell. Frame, fork and BB were $950, and by using some parts I had around, I built it up for probably $300-$400 more. I wasn't looking specifically for a hybrid, but now that I think of it, that's what the Atlantis is.
I literally can't imagine a better bike for all-around use--I've done everything from fire trails to centuries just by changing tires. It's comfortable, fast enough for me and cool-looking. If you check it out (, pay attention to Grant's advice on size. He'll probably put you on a 68, which you may think is too big, but he nailed me perfectly.
Jan 17, 2002 4:56 PM
Just happened to see this on eBay if you need a backup.
Why on earth would you want a hybrid?Rusty McNasty
Jan 18, 2002 4:21 AM
They are designed for doddering old people and for people with fat @$$e$. You can't go faster than 10 mph on one without noticing that your aerodynamics are similar to that of a sheet of drywall, and they all weigh a ton! Really, this is a road bike forum-get a road bike!!
Why on earth would you want a hybrid?Rich Clark
Jan 18, 2002 12:23 PM
I don't know why the OP wants a hybrid, but I still sometimes miss mine when I'm riding in heavy city traffic. Much easier to keep 360-degree situational awareness when you're sitting up straight like that.

A lot of these newer hi-zoot hybrids are quite comparable to touring bikes, except for the bars. And you know, on a touring bike with the bars up at saddle height, when you're riding on the tops you almost might as well be on a hybrid.

Many hybrids have a lot more in common with road bikes these days than with MTB's. I know plenty of people who do centuries on hybrids.