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TALL RIDERS(27 posts)

Oct 29, 2003 7:48 PM
hey i'm 6'5"and in the market for a new frame. i've been riding a c-dale and love it... it's stiff,handles like a dream...blahblahblah...anyway i'd like to know what size,and what frame material,also what make that other tall riders are using. basicaly the whole review. thanks much
Oct 29, 2003 8:05 PM
6'6" and I ride a Seven Axiom Ti 64.5cm frame. Fits like a dream (custom is the only way to go once you're over about 6'4" IMHO)and much more comfortable than my previous C'Dale. Aluminum is harsh over multiple hours compared to Ti.
Hey Rockstar...What size C-dale do you ride...t-moore
Oct 29, 2003 9:36 PM
66cm,14cm stem,&180 cranksrockstar
Oct 29, 2003 10:32 PM
are you for real or just trolling?ColnagoFE
Oct 30, 2003 8:17 AM
Cannondale only lists bikes up to 63cm on their site. What model do you have and how did you manage to get such a large size frame?
I suppose it could be a Custom CAAD5ColnagoFE
Oct 30, 2003 8:32 AM
Though 66 is as big as they make them in custom sizes even.
oh yeah ,i'm for real...and what is this trolling?rockstar
Oct 30, 2003 10:04 AM
cannondale has always made a 66cm frame[at least for the last 10-12 years]although it is a special order item. they also had a custom geometry program for a few years but dropped for some reason...i find it hard to beleive they could lose money on that program!it's not like making motorcycles...hehe mistakeColnagoFE
Oct 30, 2003 11:50 AM
We have had our share of people who come onto the board here and post stuff just to wind people up. You being 6'5 and riding a 66cm bike sounded an awful lot like a guy who was posting here recently that weighed 400 pounds and was asking for advice on bikes for heavy people. BTW...I'm 6'2" and ride a 62cm Colnago. I can't see all these people posting here who are an inch or two taller than me riding 60-61cm bikes.
re: TALL RIDERSxrmattaz
Oct 30, 2003 3:37 AM
I'm closer to 6'5" than 6'4"..just got my XL TCR-1 three days ago, couldn't be happier. I've been riding compact-frame mtb's for some time, like the concept. Stock seatpost is nicely buried into the seattube.

I'm long legged and long upper torso, actually had to move the seat ALL the way forward to avoid TOO much stretch to the bars. Giant put a 60cm toptube on the beast!
~130mm stem (or 120??), may actually go a bit shorter...

I'm very impressed with this ride!
re: TALL RIDERSrockstar
Oct 30, 2003 10:10 AM
how much seatpost are you running...and is this a potential for flex? and what does your frame/fork/seatpost weigh? thanks
re: TALL RIDERSstratoshark
Oct 30, 2003 5:51 AM
I'm 6'4" and ride a custom steel Landshark. It's 63 c-t. The top tube is 60.5 with a 13 stem. I'm stretched out, but I like it that way. The down tube and chainstays are oversized at the bottom bracket, so it has good stiffness there. It's a great bike for my style, which is long club rides on flat to rolling terrain, with occasional rides in the NC/VA mountains.

re: TALL RIDERSinnergel
Oct 30, 2003 7:27 AM
6'5" - 63cm 2001 model Trek2300 - 13cm stem - 175mm cranks - Easton EC70 350mm seatpost to get me enough setback and leg extension - seat is all the way back on the rails

This bike has the triangle shaped downtube. Bike is very stiff and responsive, but tends to ride harsh on bad roads, esp. with the Rolf Vector Pro wheelset. The carbon seatpost helped a little bit with the harshness, but it's still not that great. That being said, the only time the roadbuzz gets to me is on new chipseal or 3+ hour rides. It is aluminum afterall.

Agreed that custom is the way to go if you are tall. I am drooling to get a custom built Seven. I spec'd out the Alaris on their website, but I'm curious about the other posters experience with the Axiom. I weigh 220 +/- 10lbs, so I figured the Alaris was the way to go. But if the Axiom would work, it wouldn't kill me to get that one :-)

Good post, btw. I'm always curious as to what other tall riders go through to get a properly fitting bike and clothing. As an example, I can't find a pair of bibs that fit to save my life. The bib part is always to short, and I have a fairly short torso for my height.

Any other things you can/can't do because you are tall?
i'm looking at calfee...rockstar
Oct 30, 2003 10:39 AM
calfee stocks a 66cm [in i think all models] and i give kudos to any builder who has stock sizes for tall people! you should check them bibs go i just started wearing them a few months ago. they are pearl izumis and they did feel tight in the bibs,but either they stretched or i just got used to them. i think that they are shorter in the leg length. as far as hinderance from height i'd have to say getting a good draft!hehehe oh yeah check out the white pages on calfee's sight for material comparison
Get a good fittingpitt83
Oct 30, 2003 8:25 AM
I'm 6'4 and was riding a 60. It was uncomfortable and thought I needed a larger size. After a professional fitting, the LBS suggested a 58 or 59. They said to trust them and would exchange the frame if I didn't like it. I'm now on a 58 and loving it. Very comfortable. Pay careful attention to TT length and Seat tube angle. That's real important to comfort. Don't think because you're tall you need a clown sized super frame. Get what fits.
Similar experience hereJFR
Oct 30, 2003 10:47 AM
At 6'3 I was sure I needed something in the 61-63 range.

My fit session indicated otherwise and I questioned the results. I was assured I'd be okay if I trusted them.

I did, and now happily ride a 59cm (Pinarello Galileo).
Did you engage new muscles with the new fit?pitt83
Oct 30, 2003 12:06 PM
I had almost no glute strength in my old position. That wakes you up when you get the new bike! Now, it's not an issue, but I was weaker in certain muscle groups when I rode the smaller bike. Fine after a couple weeks.
It is my first road bikeJFR
Nov 12, 2003 12:38 PM
So there really wasn't an "old position" to compare to... other than my mtb position, which is quite different of course.
Oct 30, 2003 2:15 PM
Man that sounds aefully small. Do you have unusual proportions? How long of a stem are you running? I ride a 62cm Colnago at 6'2" and it's perfect. Can't imagine riding anything smaller.
Short legs, tall torsopitt83
Oct 31, 2003 5:29 AM
So, that makes TT lenght the deciding factor. And as for my "Stem legth", that's a bit personal! Actually, it's 120mm.

You're right, conventional logic says that bike is way too small. But, It's the most comfortable ride I've had of the 4 road bikes I've owned. LOOK has different enough geometyr, I guess, that makes it fit well.
whatever worksColnagoFE
Oct 31, 2003 10:55 AM
that is why a good bike fitter is such a valuable thing!
yep, I knowJFR
Nov 12, 2003 1:04 PM
And boy was I suspicious of my fit results... which said I could fit this size 59 Pinarello, although a 60 or even 61 would also work. The 59 was, however, the only size on clearance. I really wrestled with weather or not I should push my fit envelope, but I was assured it would work for me, and we spent a lot of time on a trainer making sure.

I now have almost 2500 miles on her since June and I really can't complain.

I think my proportions are fairly normal, if not a little long in the torso.

I'm using a WCS 130 stem.

Here is a baby pic of my Pinarello, before I lowered the bars another spacer and cut the extra steerer on top. I've also since moved the saddle forward a tad.
Nov 12, 2003 1:46 PM
We are all built different and have different fit needs. I can't believe you can ride a 58 without feeling cramped, but you are doing it so it must be possible. Do you have any pix of you in a riding position? Must be a hella long top tube on that bike.
re: TALL RIDERSjaybird
Oct 30, 2003 8:33 AM
6'3" 215lbs

59cm Look KG381i carbon (w/campy, of course), 110 stem, 46 handle bars, 175 cranks and a Look ergopost that has adjustable setback.

60cm Trek 460 steel, shimano 600 7sp, 110 stem, 172.5 cranks, straight seatpost.
re: TALL RIDERSDrone 5200
Oct 30, 2003 10:42 AM
height: 6' 3.25"
inseam: 35.5"

Trek 5200
62cm c-t
59.2cm TT
130mm stem
35mm spacers

It's a perfect fit. I was fit by a physical therapist who specializes in bike fittings and physiology.

I think its important for someone in the 6'3" to 6'5" range to find good advice. Too often the short guys at the local shops will give bad advice for this size because they don't have much experience with it and nothing to test ride.
hey dronerockstar
Oct 30, 2003 11:09 AM
is your p.t. open to email communications...i'd like to get some info for my wife who has some old but serious injuries;and would like to start riding. thanks
hey droneDrone 5200
Oct 30, 2003 1:34 PM
I dunno if he has or uses e-mail. Here's his name and contact info:

Dave Taggart
Contender Bicycles
Salt Lake City
(801) 364-0344

He does the fittings at the shop. I've never seen him for "real" p.t. reasons, but I asked and he said that he has a p.t. practice outside the shop. He said he's only in the shop to "feed the passion." (my kinda guy) He would certainly be my first choice if I needed riding related p.t. advice.

Just call the shop and asked to talk to him. He's probably not there to much during the winter. They can tell you how to contact him if he's not there.

You can tell him that you got the referal from a "very satisfied" customer.

--David Tufts, dtufts -at- djplaw -dot- com

e-mail me if you have other questions.
Great responsesinnergel
Oct 30, 2003 11:06 AM
Everyone who posted here is within 3" in height of each other, and yet we have frame sizes ranging from 66cm(!!!) to 58cm. Just goes to show how important that a proper fit session from a good fitter is to getting a comfortable bike.

Also realize that your preferred position could change over time. I have found that I prefer a more stretched out position the more I ride. It might make a difference down the line if you are at the outer limits of the settings of your components, i.e. seatpost setback, stem, crank length, etc.