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tall guy bikes - frame questions(8 posts)

tall guy bikes - frame questionsfowldog8
Dec 23, 2003 11:54 AM
I'll start by asking forgiveness for my ignorance, then ask questions:

1) Any general frame/bike/wheel recommendations for a novice 6'6", 225lb rider?

2) I'm looking at used bikes in an effort to get more bang for buck and because I am far from elite. Should I be wary of specific frame materials that might be more easily damaged or deteriorate in normal use or even crashes?
I'm 6'2" tallDave_Stohler
Dec 23, 2003 1:22 PM
But even at that height, I find the choices limited, at best. Trek offers one or 2 bikes in 63cm frames, and Cannondale offers up to 67cm (65 and 67 are special order only). From what I've seen, the big 'dales are quite strong.
FWIW, I once tested a 62cm aluminum Bianchi, and it didn't impress me at all! It was so flexy, it felt like I'd end up breaking the frame within a year.
How much bang and how much buck?Continental
Dec 23, 2003 2:40 PM
You can find large, sturdy steel frames and complete bikes from the 80's and early 90's cheap on Ebay such as:

I'm 6'4" with a 38" cycling inseam. I ride an old 26" frame (66 cm) Schwinn, a 27" frame Raleigh both from the 80's and purchased cheap on Ebay. I upgraded the with modern (slightly used components and love it, for less than $350. The Schwinn was in such good shape that I ride it as is for my rain bike (fenders fit). I also have a 2002 Fuji Finest steel frame bike that comes in 64 cm It's a well-built bike that was $450 new.
I'm Conti's size, and what he says works for me, tooCory
Dec 23, 2003 3:08 PM
I'm 6'4", too, and I rode for years on mostly 62cm bikes because that's what shops had in stock and they gave me deals to move them out. When I finally got a frame that fit, it made a big difference.
Assuming we're about the same proportions, anything smaller than 64 will be too small for you, and 65-68 would probably be better. I'd really advise against anything smaller--you could make it work with a longer seatpost and stem swap, maybe, but it's a hassle and it still won't be right.
You don't say how much you want to spend or what you want to do, but if $1500 and just ridin' around is in the plan, take a look at the Rivendell Redwood (same bike as the Romulus, but in 65 and 68 only) at
Top tube size is really important tooridewt
Dec 24, 2003 6:30 AM
I'm 6'3" and have found that many bikes with large seat tubes don't necessarily have long top tubes. If you have a long torso as well as long legs, you might need a long top tube. The older frames tend to have shorter top tubes. You probably should check out one of the fit sites - I think competitive cyclists has one - just do all the measurements and see what it says. I,for example, ride a 61 cm Lemond (they are measured center to center so it is really like a 63 cm if measured center to top of top tube) that has a 60.5 cm top tube. That's the biggest frame Lemond makes - it might work for you. The Cdale recommendation is a good idea - a 63 is basically the same size as the Lemond. Lots of Serotta's have long top tubes too. Good luck.
re: tall guy bikes - frame questionsLouis_G
Dec 24, 2003 8:19 AM
I'm 6'5" 225 so I'm close to your build.

I'm currently riding a 03 Klein Quantum Race 61cm. It's aluminum w/carbon seat stays.

If you're a novice (last season was my 1st season so I'm still a novice) a bike like this holds up great (even with 105/Ultegra mix). After 1000 miles and 55000 feet of climbing only thing I replaced was the chain and I was right on the edge of having to replace.

Since Nov. I've changed wheels to AC420's built up with bladed spokes (the maximum # they would do) and 22mm tires (Velomax).

I think a bike like this is good. It's good enough that you're not wishing you had something better while you're still trying to figure out if you like cycling or not.
re: tall guy bikes - frame questionsfowldog8
Dec 24, 2003 10:16 AM
To narrow it down a bit - I want to start riding with my wife, who has this inexplicable fascination with centuries. We train in Tucson, so plenty of hills and year-round riding weather (68F and sunny today and Christmas day).

Comfort is my big concern, and I'd like to keep it light so I'm not lugging extra weight over that distance and on climbs (the Tahoe century is her annual favorite).

I expect to spend between $500 and $1500 for a 1-3 year old bike. I know that is a wide range, but I think $500 should be enough for a decent used bike, and I wouldn't shy away from spending more if I could find a deal on a much nicer bike (example - saw a 2001 trek 5900 62cm go for $1650 on ebay).
re: tall guy bikes - frame questionsDorf411
Dec 24, 2003 3:51 PM
Personally, I think any 61cm to 63cm could never fit your correctly. I am 6'3" and can get away with a 63cm but really should be riding a 64cm or 65cm. Yes you do have a large pricing range there and you did say you could consider more so take a look at GVH Bikes. They sell the Landshark which can be a custom frame fit to your large proportions with Ultegra componenets for $2000.