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socalrider 03-28-11 03:23 PM

Cyclocross bikes are also a possibility due to the extra ground clearance, cross bikes fit 2cm bigger than there labelled size, so a 62cm Surly rides more like a 64cm frame. Most cross bike are steel which makes them plenty durable for such a large frame, just a thought.

cyclist2000 03-28-11 08:54 PM

I'm 6'-3" and ride bikes ranging from 57-61cm. None of the frames are from the same manufacturer, so try different brands in the largest size and you may find one that will fit you, because same size from different manufacturers may fit differently.

RobertL 03-28-11 10:39 PM

I'm 6' 2" my LBD fit me on a 60cm Trek 4.5 Madone, it fits me very well and the 4.5 Madones (and many others, I'm sure) are sized to 64cm.

Going to: http://www.coloradocyclist.com/bikefit/ shows that a 64cm frame will fit up to almost a 38" inseam, that's pretty long.

That's just a general fit guide, you'll want to visit your LBD and get their recomendation and see if they have a 64cm for you to try. It will only take a little time and it may be an easy fit instead of a custom frame or reworking an older frame.

AndyGrow 03-28-11 10:47 PM

Custom doesn't = expensive. You can get a custom frame from a smaller builder for around 800 bucks. CUSTOM to your measurements.

LemondFanForeve 03-29-11 01:53 AM

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Originally Posted by BigPolishJimmy (Post 12422234)
I 6'4" and know the tall situation all too well. I went with an older bike, partly because new bike sizes are limited, but truthfully because money is more limited. It's a longer, more difficult road to dink around fixing up a bike, but it can also be rewarding. Currently I'm fixing up an old 80's Fuji that has a 27" frame (68cm) posted over in the C&V section here:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ate?highlight=

When I'm done with it I suspect to be every bit as good for me as if I were going out to buy a new LHT at less than 1/2 the price. The biggest cost will be the custom wheels I eventually buy for it, but then I'd have to build special wheels even if the bike was new. Big old frames are out there, and they tend to sell for a little bit less because there's a smaller market for them. I don't race, so older equipment is fine with me, if I did race I suppose I'd have to invest in a custom build. Interestingly the fuji is actually a little too big for me because I'm more lanky than legs, but it was cheap. I paid less than $100 for it in decent condition the winter before last and rode it all last summer for club rides until I trashed out the old steel wheelset.

If you go the old route, there's a lot of resources online to help. I can give you links if you want.

Good luck,

Jim

Sure...if you wouldnt mind, can you PM them to me? Thanks for your response.

LemondFanForeve 03-29-11 01:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Condorita (Post 12422964)
So, OP, where have you been shopping? What bikes have you looked at? Which have you actually tried? Are you actually going out to bike shops, or are you shopping on a message board?

Been shopping/asking around @ some of the LBS's around town here in Pasadena, CA. Ive been to: Pasadena Cyclery, Bicycle Doctor, and a few others. All I seem to get from them is: "We dont have any, and cant get any, sorry". I've been sorta fitted...stood on a 64cm, from a buddy, and I fit on it ok, but, I think I'll need a 65/66cm, as there's a bit more room.

Just tough being this tall, and not being able to find anything. Might have to go the older bike route indeed.

Agave 03-29-11 06:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LemondFanForeve (Post 12426903)
Been shopping/asking around @ some of the LBS's around town here in Pasadena, CA. Ive been to: Pasadena Cyclery, Bicycle Doctor, and a few others. All I seem to get from them is: "We dont have any, and cant get any, sorry". I've been sorta fitted...stood on a 64cm, from a buddy, and I fit on it ok, but, I think I'll need a 65/66cm, as there's a bit more room.

Just tough being this tall, and not being able to find anything. Might have to go the older bike route indeed.

What is you budget.

BigPolishJimmy 03-29-11 08:03 AM

My three favorite on-line resources are:

http://bicycletutor.com/

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/

Bicycle tutor has easy-to-follow videos. The Park tool site is great, and Sheldon Browns site is great for the quirks about certain bikes that you might not find elsewhere.

Fixing up an old bike is not for everyone, it takes time. Time to find the good deals on a frame that actually fits, time again to source the parts you may need, and then the time and effort to fix them up. If you're handy, you can save some money, but it won't be like going to a good bike shop, buying something from knowledgeable staff, and then riding it later that day.

This route worked for me but that first summer a few years back, my rides were uncomfortable on ill-fitting bikes until I was able to find a bike locally that fit. I could find one faster now that I'm set up for e-commerce with paypal, but then I was restricted to yardsales, craigslist and a very small budget.

sstorkel 03-29-11 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by LemondFanForeve (Post 12426903)
I've been sorta fitted...stood on a 64cm, from a buddy, and I fit on it ok, but, I think I'll need a 65/66cm, as there's a bit more room.

Standing over one random bike is not a fitting! Help us help you: run the Fit Calculator I recommended earlier in the thread, then tell us what it says.

Wogster 03-29-11 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by sstorkel (Post 12427794)
Standing over one random bike is not a fitting! Help us help you: run the Fit Calculator I recommended earlier in the thread, then tell us what it says.

I think that their "French Fit" is probably closest to what most of us would prefer....

himespau 03-29-11 10:05 AM

I just have to say thank you. At 6'3, I'm always griping about finding sleeves that are long enough for me (typically have to go with the 37 sleeve size), so it's nice to know about people who have it more difficult than I when it comes to finding fitting stuff.

socalrider 03-29-11 04:52 PM

here is a local sale via CL : http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...283999469.html

65cm and frame is very nice.. You can take it and have the rear triangle cold set to 130mm for modern parts, had it done with my Merckx, was not a big issue.

sstorkel 03-29-11 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Wogsterca (Post 12428176)
I think that their "French Fit" is probably closest to what most of us would prefer....

I actually went with the "Eddy" fit. The French fit sounds like it would be good, but for me it required a frame that was one size larger than the one I bought with a correspondingly longer top tube. I test-rode a couple of bikes in this size, but they just felt too large and the reach to the bars was too long; worse than the "Competitive Fit", actually. For me, the Eddy was the best compromise...

redvespablur 03-29-11 06:32 PM

6'4'' had Marinoni in Montreal custom build me a bike - Frame and fork ~1.1K. Complete from ~2K depending on build. Not USA but NAFTA?

Agave 03-29-11 06:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wogsterca (Post 12428176)
I think that their "French Fit" is probably closest to what most of us would prefer....

Clearly I'm not "most". ;)

sstorkel 03-29-11 07:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by socalrider (Post 12430173)
here is a local sale via CL : http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...283999469.html

65cm and frame is very nice.. You can take it and have the rear triangle cold set to 130mm for modern parts, had it done with my Merckx, was not a big issue.

FWIW, the 620mm length of the top tube on this bike isn't much longer than the 610mm top tube on a 62cm Surly Long Haul Trucker. Trek's 1.5 road bike also has a 610mm top tube, as do several other models. Which, again, makes me think that the OP could find a new frame that would fit him if he focused on the geometry of the bike, rather than just the length of the seat tube.

Nycycle 03-29-11 07:08 PM

LemondFanForeve, Wishing you well in your search, I post this cuz I is a 6'3" and my 58cm Surly is plenty long in all parts,, seat all the way down etc,,, and they go up to a 62cm
I also had an old Specialized 24" MTB and it was very tall, so I sold it to a guy way taller than me.
I am a bit of a older dude and I love the smooth ride.

rschleicher 03-29-11 07:25 PM

I'm 6'4" (actually more like 6 foot, 4 and a half inches), and have a Scott bike with a moderately-sloping top tube, that is their XXL size (ostensibly a 61cm frame). But it is plenty large enough for me, in terms of top-tube length, etc. With my saddle where I want it, I have perhaps 3 inches of drop to the top of the handlebars, and I'm using a 130mm stem (flipped up, but then again I'm a 50+ Clyde.....). As a point of reference, my old bike was a vintage Raleigh, with a "25 inch" frame (translates to 63cm and change), which was noticeably smaller feeling than my current Scott 61cm frame (in large part due to the old-school quill stem, adjustable for height, but not length, as well as a shorter top tube).

When I was test-riding bikes last year, I thought that Trek's 62cm frame size was pretty close to my Scott, and that Trek's 64cm frame was a bit larger. They don't offer the 64cm frame in all models, and sometimes Trek shops don't have any 64's on hand for test-riding. But riding a 62 might tell you if a Trek 64cm frame would be good.

I wholeheartedly agree with the other comments that the frame size designations of today aren't really comparable to old bikes, nor are they necessarily comparable from brand to brand.

6'6" isn't so tall that it absolutely requires a custom frame. But you will have to try some different brands, and also potentially look at not only raising the seat post quite a bit, but also perhaps changing out the stem to get a better fit.

At least you're not Bill Walton. He's a pretty avid cyclist, and his custom frame is semi-ridiculous looking, what with him being over 7' tall (and with some very gnarly-looking knees, as a result of various injuries, surgeries, etc.).

radiantshadow 03-29-11 10:36 PM

I am in a similar boat, I am 6'7 and looking for a bike for commuting. does anyone have any experience with Cannondale's quick cx series ? they come in a jumbo size.

somegeek 03-29-11 11:17 PM

Check out the caad9? Im 6'5" and this fits me well in the largest size.

Manster 03-30-11 12:18 PM

Rans Bikes has a model for taller riders, the Rans Sequoia. It could be an option if you're open to the upright riding style of a crank forward bike. I'm very happy with my Rans Dynamik which I use to commute 17mi RT.

wgretzky 03-30-11 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by radiantshadow (Post 12431753)
I am in a similar boat, I am 6'7 and looking for a bike for commuting. does anyone have any experience with Cannondale's quick cx series ? they come in a jumbo size.

I'm 6'6 with a 37/38 inch inseam and found an XXL Specialized Crosstrail fit pretty well. For a commuter I've been happy with it in the year I have had it.

fietsbob 03-30-11 06:44 PM

talk to this guy Tall is what he builds for , even has cranks over 180 long.
http://zinncycles.com/Zinn/index.php/archives/1465

ean10775 03-31-11 08:44 AM

The 2010 Fuji Roubaix ACR 3.0 is currently available from Performance's website in a size 64cm with a 61cm effective toptube length, for $899 no less. If you are on a budget this could be a good find if the geometry works for you (these Fujis tend to have longer top tubes and shorter head tubes for their respective sizes that some others on the market). It appears Fuji stopped making the 64cm size in their 2011 line however.

LemondFanForeve 04-01-11 04:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Agave (Post 12427206)
What is you budget.

About $1500-$1600


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