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    Suggestions requested - bikes that are long and low

    I'm 6', 225lbs., but I have short legs, like 29 inseam, and a long upper body, like a 6'6" sized up bod. So what bikes are long and low?

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    I have the same problem, 6'2", 30" inseam. Check out the Specialized Roubaix's.
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    Thanks, Ronjon, I will.

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    Ronjon - Googled this:

    http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/la...2_5668crx.aspx

    Relevant first comment. Bad wheels. Otherwise the guy loves it.

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    long and low

    Rans V3 XL size, definately long and low......and fast! Check them out!

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    CV - Oh yeah, those are long and low all right, but I wasn't looking for a recumbant.

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    You want a compact frame, or maybe even a custom.
    A compact has a sloping top tube.
    Lots of companies do compacts these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late
    Lots of companies do compacts these days.
    Specialized does a lot of compact frames.

    GIANT Bicycles is well-known for their compact framed road bikes.

    If you're looking at Trek, see the PILOT series of bikes.

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head. If road bikes don't work, I guess you can take a look at mountain bikes. They're all long and low

    If nothing else works, then I guess you'll have to go the custom route or get a really long stem and/or seat post with lots of setback on a compact frame.

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    I agree with late. Try a Specialized Allez or something comparable. I have a 28.5 inch inseam and my sloping Allez fits me pretty well. I don't think it is particularly long, though, although you could change out the stem easily enough to get some more room between you and the handlebars.

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    "You want a compact frame..."


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    That's the kind with the sloping top tube then? I've been away from bicycling for a long time, and they didn't used to make them that way. Top tubes used to be all horizontal. I guess the advantage to the sloping top tube is that I will now be able to fit on a larger frame that is more suitable to my overall size regardless of the fact that I have short legs.

    Ah, so this new fangled gadgetry and goofy angles may be good for something after all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by werewolf
    "You want a compact frame..."


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    That's the kind with the sloping top tube then? I've been away from bicycling for a long time, and they didn't used to make them that way. Top tubes used to be all horizontal. I guess the advantage to the sloping top tube is that I will now be able to fit on a larger frame that is more suitable to my overall size regardless of the fact that I have short legs.

    Ah, so this new fangled gadgetry and goofy angles may be good for something after all!

    I got my first bike in 2001 before all the fangled compact geometry came on the market. I got my first custom made bike in 2002 because it didn't fit right which I only discovered by riding for more than 1 hour.

    These days, there are a number of options with the compact geometry. At my size, I'm used to spending more since 'off the rack' items never fit whether it be suits or bikes or whatever.
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    Long stems are also your friend.

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    Long stems are also your friend.


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    Ya think? I didn't like them much. Moved me too far forward, put too much leverage on the handlebar stem... I used to be happier with a bigger frame, even tho I couldn't exactly straddle it.
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    LeMonds are also notable in this category. You'll likely do well in a compact frame a size too large according to most sizing metrics.
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