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Old 03-04-20, 11:12 AM
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Tall guy who wants to get into Mountain Biking :-)

I have the same question about recumbents-I'm 6'7", but am having zero luck in finding a mountain bike that'll fit my needs outside of raising the seatpost some crazy amount. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-04-20, 12:35 PM
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Try Zinn bikes, Surly too. I'm 6'4". Finding any XXL?
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Look into what Reggie Miller (NBA) rides. That may help. He's an avid mountain biker and he's pretty tall.
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Is a custom frame build an option? Those come in any size.
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Are you looking at hardtail or full suspension? Santa Cruz does an XXL size, which is marketed as being appropriate for riders 6'4"-6'7" on many of their full suspension bikes. KHS makes the BNT model in XXL and XXXL at around $1700 for a pretty nice hardtail. Specialized, to their credit, makes some of their bikes, like their budget Rockhopper series, in an XXL size that you could also probably make fit sanely. Unfortunately I can think of no other mainstream brands that make a more budget oriented model for riders your height than that. Good luck!
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This is a fun site for tall guys looking for bikes with appropriate stack and reach:

https://public.tableau.com/profile/a.../StackandReach
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What about Giant bicycles? They got their name and made their reputation by making bikes especially for giants (by Taiwanese standards). Of course, they now make bikes for persons of all sizes. In fact, they might not cater to giants anymore at all! But it's worth checking out in case they still do. It never hurts to look.
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
Try Zinn bikes, Surly too. I'm 6'4". Finding any XXL?

This, without a doubt, the best advice. At 6' 7", you may need a custom bike as well as much longer cranks than the industry usually provides. And if you cannot afford custom, Zinn should be able to point you in the correct direction. A 6'4" roommate of mine rode and raced on 180mm cranks for decades. Then he was introduced to Zinn who put him on 193mm cranks. (And let me add that 13mm may not seem like much, but it's a MILE. I switched to 5mm longer cranks while on a ride one day and I didn't expect to notice the difference. Not only was the difference obvious, it felt like I was turning cranks almost twice as long!) My roommate says "I rediscovered cycling!" after switching to proper crank lengths. In hindsight, he realizes his biomechanics on the bike were terrible. Only after switching to correct crank length did he feel "free" on the bike. Plus, he suffered an injury while racing - a tendon pulled part of his bone off, apparently because he wasn't getting proper leverage on the crank arms.


But going custom for you will be expensive. You want to ride a bicycle comfortably, with proper fit and biomechanics. It's something that the "average" person achieves usually without much thought. But you will have to search to find this. If, say, Santa Cruz, can provide an off-the-shelf fit for you, then you're very lucky. Looking at their website, the XXL may be a fit. However, all the Hightower frame sizes show 170mm cranks, which must be a mistake. The XXL Tallboy lists 175mm cranks, which are most certainly WAY TOO SMALL for you.


But if there are a few manufacturers out there providing a fit for someone your height (as Santa Cruz indicates), then you're lucky. The industry abandoned such large sizes over 20 years ago. Glad to see they're making the effort. But you'll probably have to make some changes to achieve ideal fit.
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KHS makes the BNT 29er. They also make the Flite 747 road bike in 2XL and 3XL.

Dirty Sixer makes frames frm 2XL-5XL on 32" and 36" tires. But it seems to me like he's having trouble finding longer suspension forks to go with.

Ventana near me in Rancho Cordova makes aluminum mountain bike frames of all styles in custom sizes.
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