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Old 10-21-10, 12:14 PM   #1
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BIIIG Road Frames?

Any of you 50+ers know of economically-priced, preferably steel, road frames that are available in the 65-66cm (with a 23-25cm head tube) size range? I dearly love my 62cm Gunnar Roadie, but it is unarguably small for me. And the steerer extender I'm using doesn't do the bike any favors aesthetically. The newer Gunnars come in bigger sizes, but they're using even-more-OS tubing that doesn't agree with me.

I know about the SOMA ES, but want something a bit more go-fast, as I've already got a brevet bike. And I know about the 64cm 5-series Madones, but don't happen to have $3k burning a hole in my pocket. (And then there's the whole carbon thing...) And, yeah, I could get a custom, but if I'm gonna drop that kinda coin, it'll be for a custom brevet bike.

So, anybody got any suggestions?

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Old 10-21-10, 12:37 PM   #2
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You might want to read through this thread:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ke-for-6-8-guy
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Old 10-21-10, 12:40 PM   #3
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I know you said no carbon but Calfee makes frames up to size 66cm. There are several members here that ride Calfee and like them. You might want to give a look.
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Old 10-21-10, 01:02 PM   #4
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You can always look into a custom.

I know Portland has some great builders.

Oh yea, I have a 63.5 Bill davidson, but that would be to small I'm sure.
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And I know about the 64cm 5-series Madones, but don't happen to have $3k burning a hole in my pocket. (And then there's the whole carbon thing...)
Specialized upped the size of the Roubaix for 2011. You can get a 26cm HT, and the Roubaix is known for its ride. That Roubaix is giving me a severe case of N+1. It just -might- fit me.
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If you could attach a number to "economically-priced" I'm sure you'd get better answers.

There are those of us who think that's $30, some who think it's $300, and I think $3,000 is economical for the right custom frame. Others in higher income brackets might think I'm being a cheapskate.
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Old 10-21-10, 07:31 PM   #7
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Leonard Zinn. He's 6'5" or something like that himself and he has a market nitch making large sized bike frames.
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Why don't you get Gunnar to build you a bigger bike? The upcharge for custom isn't that much.
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Leonard Zinn. He's 6'5" or something like that himself and he has a market nitch making large sized bike frames.
or try www.tallrides.com. I haven't looked in awhile, but the site's still active, at least.
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Think used/vintage. Taller bikes were more common back then. For instance, I have a 66cm old Schwinn Continental in the project queue right now. Nothing special, but there were some better models in these large sizes too. Schwinn made some models in frame sizes as large as 27 inches (69 cm).
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