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Old 03-26-08, 09:12 AM   #1
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bike for a 6'6" mongoloid

im looking at buying a new fixed gear. my old conversion is a HUGE raleigh super record frame. these days im seeing the largest frames being around 59 or 61cm. im really digging the rush hour, but its largest size is 59cm. would that be entirely too small for me?
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Old 03-26-08, 09:17 AM   #2
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You should see if this bike is still available. It was sold by the poster jvan12345. It might be too small for you, but I'm not sure how much luck you're going to have unless you go full custom.
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Just how tall are you? I'm 6'4" and ride a 61 comfortably with a 130mm stem. I do have a fairly small inseam for my height though.
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Old 03-26-08, 09:28 AM   #4
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6'6" with a 38" inseam. i have no idea how big my current frame is, but the headtube is at least 8-10 inches long lol
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Old 03-26-08, 09:30 AM   #5
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Do you know what a mongoloid is? Or are you just a Devo fan?
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a 6'4 guy around town here rides a 61. The good news for you is that used, huge frames are cheap.
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Old 03-26-08, 09:35 AM   #7
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no i know what it means, im not actually a mongoloid, but it helps to get across the point that im a big blundering giant.
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a 6'4 guy around town here rides a 61. The good news for you is that used, huge frames are cheap.
problem with that is im looking to buy something nice and shiney new
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i'd say check IRO, most of their frames go up to 62. i don't know how much bigger than that you'll be able to find without going custom, as was said.
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i'd stick with basketball.
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no i know what it means, im not actually a mongoloid, but it helps to get across the point that im a big blundering giant.
Understood. Would have been funnier if you were a Devo fan.

Sorry, OT. Good luck finding a frame!
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dont like baskeball. hand me a bike or snowboard or wakeboard over the ball any day
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6'6" with a 38" inseam. i have no idea how big my current frame is, but the headtube is at least 8-10 inches long lol
Oh uh, guess I could have retained that from the title, sorry. I think custom is your only option.
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6'5" guy here.
Bikes I have ridden:
IROs and Surly Steamroller both come in a 62 - for no real reason, I find that the Steamroller feels bigger. Bianchi Pista comes in a 61 - because the bottom bracket is a little higher and more authentically "track" than the two l listed above, it feels about the same size as the IRO and surly. However, I am concerned that none of the above will be big enough for you.

Bikes I have not ridden:
I would swear that there is someone who makes a 63, but I cannot remember who. Bikesdirect's Motobecane Messanger supposedly comes in a 64. The 64 is not listed on their sizing chart, so I can't say how the size really compares, but that may be the best route.


If you are looking for high end:
There was guy at the Velodrome in the twin cities who rode a ridiculously huge Orbea frame, but it could have been custom (Orbea does custom alu frames). For the money it would cost to go that route, I would look at a local custom builder. I don't know where you are, but chances are there is a framebuilder in your area who would be quite happy to work with you. There are some builders out there who will make remarkably cheap custom track frames.

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Old 03-26-08, 10:03 AM   #15
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what about a 62cm bareknuckle?
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i'm curious, what do 6'6" people ride when they want to ride freestyle bmx?
are you limited to riding 24s?
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i'm curious, what do 6'6" people ride when they want to ride freestyle bmx?
are you limited to riding 24s?

I don't know about 6'6" people, but 6'5" me would use a 24 Redline when he wanted to f' around during dead time during the winter at the shop - occasionally even a small frame 26" mtn bike. I could never do anything with 20" wheels.

There was some guy who was almost as tall as me who would come in with his 20" wheel BMX bike for service. He didn't look completely stupid on it, just sort of stupid.
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i'm 6'7" and i ride a 62cm iro currently.
in the past i've ridden a 64cm fuji conversion and a 59cm schwinn continental.
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i'm curious, what do 6'6" people ride when they want to ride freestyle bmx?
are you limited to riding 24s?


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You should see if this bike is still available. It was sold by the poster jvan12345. It might be too small for you, but I'm not sure how much luck you're going to have unless you go full custom.
It is not available as it should be arriving at my house later today. But, I am getting rid of one of my track frames to make room for this. I am getting rid of my 2001 64cm Fuji track, PM me if anyone is interested in it.
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Old 03-26-08, 10:27 AM   #22
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i'd say check IRO, most of their frames go up to 62. i don't know how much bigger than that you'll be able to find without going custom, as was said.
I ride a 62cm Mark V, and it's not really a 62. The seat tube is 58 and the top tube is 59. I'm 6'2" so it fits me well. It could work for someone larger though. I definitely would never want a frame larger than my Mark V.
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How do bikes with such long tubes feel when climbing? I bet with the weight of someone so tall + the longer tubing, the whole thing moves and bounces like a trampoline.
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I just want to say that I just bought a frame which I'm pretty sure is 66. At 6'4 the frame is almost too big for me
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i'm 6'7" and i ride a 62cm iro currently.
in the past i've ridden a 64cm fuji conversion and a 59cm schwinn continental.
are you comfortable on yr 62 cm iro? i'm 6'4" and feel like mine is too small.
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