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    Best Frame for Tall Riders

    To all of the other tall riders out there....what brands/frames have you found to work best??

    I'm 6'7" and currently riding a Fisher Big-Sur 21", which is a hardtail frame and doesn't feel quite large enough. I also ride a Co-Motion road bike which I had custom built for me a few years ago. The difference in the ride between the two bikes is night and day. I understand these are two different types of bikes but because my road bike was built to fit me I can really feel the difference when it comes to power and efficiency of my pedaling.

    I've been thinking about calling calling Yeti and inquiring about a custom built frame, but I was wondering what other tall people have done??
    I'm considering hardtail or dual-suspension, and I want to get a fairly lightweight frame should I decide to race again.

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    I'm a bit taller than you. I have a 25" Trek Hybrid w/ about 7" of seatpost exposed. My LBS told me this was the tallest (stock) frame there is. I was looking into a custom, but didn't want to shell out the $. I have 1,500 (road) miles on this bike w/ no problems.

    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by (51)
    I'm a bit taller than you. I have a 25" Trek Hybrid w/ about 7" of seatpost exposed. My LBS told me this was the tallest (stock) frame there is. I was looking into a custom, but didn't want to shell out the $. I have 1,500 (road) miles on this bike w/ no problems.
    HOLY CRAP GOLIATH! I wish I were taller...

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    Trek and Giant ...

    Giant also makes a 25" version of it's newly restyle Yukon frame with a lower top tube. I'm 6'3" and ride a 23" myself. It's "just right".

    Just to let you know that fisher bikes tend to "fit" a little bigger due to genesis geometry. I ride a "XXL" Yukon frame but I fit Fisher XL frames pretty good on test rides.

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/030...sp?model=11390

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm fairly certain I want to have a frame custom made, rather than get a factory frame.
    I talked to Yeti today, and they are no longer building custom frames. Does anyone have any suggestions of any other custom frame builders?

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    damn, i'm 6'4" and I only ride a 19" frame currently, i used to ride a 21.5 and while it fit, All it was good for was non aggressive xc, as i got more aggressive i found it too large and bought this frame and love it to death. I do have alot of seat post exposed, but i can live with that as a trade off for when I want to drop my seat and have some fun.

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    Titus makes some sweet bikes for tall riders , www.titusti.com , and they are not insanely expensive.

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    Check out Zinn, he specializes in big frames and has some words of wisom on crank size and bottom bracket height.
    29" wheels also seem to go much better in a big frame. They look proportionately similar to 26" wheels in a Med frame, they roll better and the extra weight is of little importance to a big, heavy rider.

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    I've been working on the trails for the Appalachian Classic, figuring that, at 5'11", if I can walk under it, a racer can ride through without getting slapped in the face. But 6'7"? PLEASE let me know if you're planning to race, cause I'll have to go back through the single track with a taller height in mind!!

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    I'm onbly 6'4" and I only ride a Large Racer-X, they make an Extra-Large.
    They also make somne awesome custom stuff and are a great company to deal with.
    Thier TI hardtailes are fantastic and the racer-x is hands down the best FS bike I've ever ridden.
    I believe they'll make your bike with a 29er if you want that.
    If you want off the rack:
    Trek also makes some weird sizes. I've seen 25in treks. However, I think they rotate those sizes around, so it'd be best to call em. They'd be a specail order given that I doubt they make many.
    Also Gray Fisher is a realativly tall guy and at least before he was bought out by trek, he made some nice big bike. Gensis geometry is also perfect for big guys, though frame strength leaves something to be desired
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