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Tall man's roadbike: any recommendations?(11 posts)

Tall man's roadbike: any recommendations?Dullgrin
Mar 19, 2003 1:06 PM
New to road bikes and looking for a frame to fit 6'5", 215 lbs. Most manufacturers stop at 63cm but that seems a little small to me. Any recommendations?

Of course, I'd like to get the best deal possible, which mass manufacture often provides. Have looked into custom frame but $$$. Hope to spend ~$2000 with good components.

ALSO: any component configurations to avoid for my size/weight?

really, i'm not working on GVH commissionJS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 1:15 PM
but he's got frames up to 65cm:

you could get many of those built with ultegra or centaur for at or under two grand. i am now on my fourth bike from GVH and highly recommend doing business with him.

really, i'm not working on GVH commissiongeeker
Mar 19, 2003 3:02 PM
I'm only 6'2.5", and have looked at GVH's 61-62cm frames with envy. I fear that many of his big frames would be overly flexy for big riders - not much oversized tubing. He *does* have a bunch of new Colnago Master-X-Light framesets in big sizes, which might be just the ticket, but the price stretches the OP's budget.
re: Tall man's roadbike: any recommendations?StewartK
Mar 19, 2003 1:18 PM
I'm almost 6'5" with a 37" inseam. If your legs are near the length of mine, you'll probably need to go custom. I have two 65cm (c-c) bikes from Tet Cycles. You can definitely get a good setup from him for around $2,000. There may be other builders that are around that price, but he's the best value I'm aware of. If you want recommendations with fit, let me know.
How about this?StevieP
Mar 19, 2003 1:50 PM
I'll venture in with a small amount of knowledgemadstork
Mar 19, 2003 2:00 PM
Depending on your inseam measurement, thigh length, torso length, arm length, etc., I'm betting that a 63cm center to center frame could work for you. With the availability of various stem lengths and angles, the bars can probably be high enough for a race position, but maybe not for a bars=saddle height position. Plenty of seat posts out there in 350 length and longer, so that will probably cover your saddle height.

I'm 6' 4" and have a 63cm steel production frame as well as a custom steel. The custom has the longer top tube. At your size, I'm thinking Cannondale for stiffness, availability of 63cm, and affordability. But I'm sure other options are out there.

Get some body measurements from a shop or trusted friend and then find out what will fit you.
re: Tall man's roadbike: any recommendations?Heron Todd
Mar 19, 2003 2:44 PM
We have frames up to 65 cm c-t and do does Rivendell. The Herons, Atlantis, and Rambouillet all sell for around $1K for frame and fork so a $2K complete bike is certainly doable.

Todd Kuzma
Heron Bicycles
LaSalle, IL 815-223-1776
re: Tall man's roadbike: any recommendations?kevinmd
Mar 19, 2003 3:52 PM

I'm 6'4" and XXX lbs (won't say, but it is coming down!) with a 34" inseam. I am riding a Lemond 59cm frame and it fits quite well. Was on a 61cm, but it just didn't work (and it got stolen). You may want to look at the Lemond, they have a stretched out geometry and you may find the 61 fits you.


Mar 19, 2003 5:04 PM
They make bikes special-order in very large sizes, and stock up to 65, I believe. Oh, BTW, the larger frame sizes ain't harsh riding, either!
re: Tall man's roadbike: any recommendations?Fred2000
Mar 19, 2003 5:11 PM
While I went on a slightly more expensive route, if I would have chosen a few different componets I would have been pretty close to your target.

Strong ( Foco Steel Frame with componets from GVH Bikes, fit and built locally.

Worked out well and 5000 miles later, I have only the best things to say about Carl Strong and his frames.

jonpod (6'7" ~265#)
Many Thanks! -nt-Dullgrin
Mar 19, 2003 5:50 PM