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Need Help with bike fitting.....very unique circumstances...(18 posts)

Need Help with bike fitting.....very unique circumstances...t2green73
Feb 26, 2002 8:02 AM
Hi there, perhaps someone out there can help me. I'm looking to buy a new/used road bike and I'm having difficulties getting a bike that is properly sized for me. I'm 6'9" tall about 215 lbs. I have a 38" inseam if that matters for the cross bar height. My dilemma that I'm confronted with is that this is my first true road bike. I'm trying to shun away from a custom bike right now just because of the costs associated. Does anyone know of a company that would make a stock bike in my size? Thanks for all your help......Chuck
re: Need Help with bike fitting.....very unique circumstances...TJeanloz
Feb 26, 2002 8:12 AM
Nobody makes a stock bike in your size.

If you want to make a go of making a stock bike fit, I'd recommend the biggest Specialized (for some reason they run large). Specialized makes the biggest bikes that I know of. It will still be too small for you- but a long seatpost and stem will help your situation (I won't pretend that it will be a perfect fit.)
re: Need Help with bike fitting.....very unique circumstances...t2green73
Feb 26, 2002 8:19 AM
Appreciate the honesty. Any suggestions on custom bikes? Independant Fabrication?
Look into a custom..DINOSAUR
Feb 26, 2002 8:20 AM
Custom's really aren't expensive as most people think. With with your prorportions you aren't going to find an off the peg bike that also might try doing a search on ebay, I remember seeing a couple very large built up used bikes in the past...
re: Need Help with bike fitting.....very unique circumstances...RutterMan
Feb 26, 2002 8:45 AM
Try Zinn cycles, I saw a guy the other day that was huge riding the biggest frame I've ever seen and it was a Zinn.
re: Need Help with bike fitting.....very unique circumstances...t2green73
Feb 26, 2002 8:49 AM
Thanks for the advice!
Re: ZinnTJeanloz
Feb 26, 2002 8:53 AM
Zinn frames are the gold standard for very tall riders. Our shop built most of Lennard's bikes, and their design is top-notch for the extremely tall (Lennard is 6'5" himself).

However, they are very expensive (but worth it for many).
I'll second the Zinn recommendationTig
Feb 26, 2002 9:50 AM
IF makes a wonderful frame and fork (the only steel fork I'd like to ride). I haven't heard about their big guy custom frames though. I've seen some big frames come from Land Shark Each frame is a custom painted work of art. Go through to order one if you have no local dealer.

You simply cannot lose with Leonard Zinn's big frames. He is the master of which others are compared to in this department. At around $1850 for a custom frame/fork, it's a little expensive, but not compared to so many other much more expensive bikes out there that wouldn't fit you at all.
Cheaper custom options:ohio
Feb 26, 2002 10:18 AM
Zinn would be the first choice but you don't have to spend THAT much to get a full custom frame.

Tom Teasdale is a very experienced frame-builder that does full custom bikes start at around $700 for mid-level steel tubing. It might be more for you since your bike will use considerably more tubing than most and might require some special order tubes, but it's still a very good deal.

Also look into Hunter frames, or try and find a builder near you. Even if they don't have experience with someone of your height, they should be able to fit you very well if they can work with you in person.
Cheaper custom options:Harry Hall
Feb 26, 2002 11:53 AM
Another moderately priced (grossly, indescribably underpriced) custom builder is Jeff Lyon in Grants Pass, OR.
Also, Rivendell will be selling their new non-custom Rambouillet frame in a 66cm size.
Cheaper custom options:t2green73
Feb 26, 2002 11:56 AM
much appreciated!
Try Curtlo or Strongjonpod
Feb 26, 2002 12:10 PM
Both Curtlo ( and Strong ( are more resonably priced custom builders. Both also have very good reputations.

I am 6'7" 265# and just took delivery of a very nice steel frame from Strong. Carl is a great guy and definilty answer all your questions.

66cm Cannondalevelo_rider
Feb 26, 2002 12:11 PM
Cannondale used to make one of their frames in a 66cm size it might be the touring frame.

This could be your leaste expensive option
66cm CannondalePjkad
Feb 26, 2002 1:41 PM
I had the 66cm Cannondale and I believe it is still available in a CAAD 3. It is road bike geometry and fit me (6'6"). A LBS will have to order it (and its reasonable in cost). Cannondale will also do custom frames.
An example of a large frameAllUpHill
Feb 26, 2002 2:22 PM
I doubt that a Seven would be your best value, but the discussion reminds me of this gargantuan frame posted in the gallery last month. By comparison with the wheel diamter, it looks to have perhaps a 76 cm seat tube (!!!). The owner said he was 6'10, about your height. So basically, no way will a stock frame measure up.

I wonder if all that shifter and front brake housing makes the action more sluggish...
Thats amazing (nm)pmf1
Feb 27, 2002 6:26 AM
re: Need Help with bike fitting.....very unique circumstances...tall guy
Feb 26, 2002 3:21 PM
I'm 6'4" with a 38.5 inseam so finding a stock frame in my size is hard.I had a custom built curtlo mountain bike frame,And a dean road frame.both are very good builders but curtlo took 3 months,dean took 3 weeks.
Serotta for tall RidersBDBike
Feb 27, 2002 4:55 AM
I am 6'7" and I went through the same delema that you are now going through, I talked with at least 10 different shops, and what it came down to is you need a custum frame or it will never be a comfortable fit. I would look on the web for a good deal. I yhink a 65cm frame should be a good height for a minimum. Seroaat makes a lot of big frames with their own tubing:

here is a picture of one of their bikes....