Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: NJ cellphone central
Bikes: Surly Ogre // (old and gone) Cannondale ST400, Rockhopper Sport
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I'm 6'5" with a 37" bike inseam..measured bare foot to pubic bone at crotch. I gave up on standard shop bikes for fit, they will have enough seat tube (seat to pedal length adjustment) but wind up too short front to back (effective top tube) and I feel cramped...this makes for shoulder and neck pain on longer rides.
Older bikes came in sizes like 64cm or 25" frames, seems most have stopped making them that large.
You can go a custom frame route, but that starts to knock on $3k really fast.
I took a shortcut around that a bit by going semi-custom with a XXL Surly Ogre, a sort of monster-cross bike. Basically a rigid frame mountain bike that you can put almost any wheels on, flat bars or drop bars etc. Very versatile.
That build depending on components can be kept under $2k, somewhere around $1500-$2000. The frame is about $800 less than most middle of the road customs.
I'm hoping the fit works out, I pick it up today. It's my last shot at trimming some money before having to go full custom.
Surly Long Haul Trucker - a touring frame, very rugged and can handle fat tire sizes relatively too.
Both of those frames can be found in a "complete" bike too, but you will likely not find anything near your size built in a shop to test ride. You will very likely need to do an order of some level.
Look for a posting over in Clydesdales when I have the bike for a bit. I'll post up pics and comments once I've had it a bit.
This is a different forum but it has an entire thread around what people do with the Ogre, it's long with lots of pictures. You'll see people do a bit of anything with them. http://forums.mtbr.com/surly/surly-ogre-737340.html