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Old 06-07-11, 05:58 PM
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69 cm Bike Too Big?

I've been looking for a decent road bike lately and came across an ad for a very nice. Raleigh Marathon Road Bike for $90. Its 69 cm which I know is pretty big, but I am also 6'4"

Would this bike be too big for me or will it fit fairly well?

Also, whats a good going price for these?

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Old 06-07-11, 06:15 PM
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My younger son is 6'4" and has a 62cm Centurion that is almost too big for him. I doubt you'd be able to get a decent fit out of one that large. The assumption is, of course, that the 69cm measurement is correct because that would be one huge frame.
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Old 06-07-11, 06:59 PM
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It depends on how long your legs are.

I have about a 35" cycling inseam, and I can do 25"/63.5cm CTT frames.

I figure you'd need a 37" cycling inseam to be stand over comfortable on 27"/69cm.

I'm guessing the top tube is going to be relatively short, so you are more likely to be cramped than stretched out of the box.
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Old 06-07-11, 07:05 PM
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That is a huge bike! I'm guessing it would be too big. I'm 6'2", and ride a 60 and a 58
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I'm 6'6" and my two bikes are a 64cm and a 68cm and I barely clear the crossbar on the 68cm, I'm quite sure it will be very uncomfortable if I have to come off the seat fast.
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Old 06-07-11, 10:57 PM
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The frame won't be too big, but the pedals may be too thin and/or low to the ground.
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I'm 6-foot-4 and I ride a 60 to 62cm frame. 69cm sounds like a typo- very, very few production bikes were ever that large.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
I'm 6-foot-4 and I ride a 60 to 62cm frame. 69cm sounds like a typo- very, very few production bikes were ever that large.
Here's one local to me.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/bik/2427351589.html

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Old 06-08-11, 12:03 AM
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I'll take it




I'm 6'5" I just clear the TT the length is good for me
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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
I'm 6'6" and my two bikes are a 64cm and a 68cm and I barely clear the crossbar on the 68cm, I'm quite sure it will be very uncomfortable if I have to come off the seat fast.
this is pretty much my situation too. I'm 6'5" with a 36" inseam. I have a few 25" (63.5cm) frames that are *technically* too small, but work fine with the seatpost and stem extended. I also have a 27" panasonic (~68 cm), which was actually a standard production size for many of the 80s japanese bikes - go figure! I have had no problems with it, especially after converting it to 700c wheels.

good luck!
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I am 6'6" with a 36" inseam and ride both 65cm and 68cm bikes. The 68cm bike is definitely more comfortable but I can make a 65cm work, but the 68 cm is more normal because the seat post on not extended above a fist length and the stem is only 110mm. You should check the top tube to make sure it is long enough, many times a 69cm frame will only have a 60cm top tube.
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Sizing over the internet is dicey at best. I would go look at it and take it for a ride. I would guess it is too big for you, but I don't know.

A couple of years ago, I was selling a 25 inch Centurion. Guy calls me from 100 miles away, tells me he is 5-11 and wants it. I told him not to waste the time and gas, the bike was certainly way too big for him. Well he came anyway. And the bike fit! Meanwhile, I am 5-11, and a ride a 22 inch frame (3 inch difference!) My legs are way short, his were way long. I ride with a long stem, he rides with a short stem. Since then, I have given up guessing on whether a bike will fit.

It would be interesting sometime to start a database on this forum: riders height and preferred frame size.
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Originally Posted by Uprighter View Post
The frame won't be too big, but the pedals may be too thin and/or low to the ground.


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That didn't make much sense to me either. All I can figure is they meant big dude = big feet that don't sit comfortably on normal pedals, but still. The second part makes no sense.
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My 68cm is great because I can stretch out on it which is something I can't do on the 64cm.

The 68cm Super Grand Prix, It's actually waiting to give me a ride home as I type this

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Originally Posted by z90 View Post
That is a huge bike! I'm guessing it would be too big. I'm 6'2", and ride a 60 and a 58
Wow, do I just have long legs? I am 6'0" and the most comfortable fit for me is 60cm or 24" (about 61cm).
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Originally Posted by tmoneygetpaid View Post
Wow, do I just have long legs? I am 6'0" and the most comfortable fit for me is 60cm or 24" (about 61cm).
I'm 6' 4" and I'm most comfortable on a 61cm frame with a long stem. Interestingly, my wife's inseam is less than an inch shorter than mine, even though she's 5' 10". We don't have to change the seat adjustment in the car when we trade driving duties, but the mirrors get a workout.
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Sizing over the internet is dicey at best. I would go look at it and take it for a ride. .....
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Old 06-22-11, 07:43 PM
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I would urge you to steer clear of that frame. A complete waste of money at your height. I'm 6-11 and have a Ross Gran Tour with a 68.5 cm frame (27 in) and it's an exact fit for my 37 inch inseam. If your inseam is just one inch shorter, you aren't going to enjoy riding mine, let alone something a bit bigger.

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Originally Posted by Uprighter View Post
The frame won't be too big, but the pedals may be too thin and/or low to the ground.
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That didn't make much sense to me either. All I can figure is they meant big dude = big feet that don't sit comfortably on normal pedals, but still. The second part makes no sense.
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Wow, do I just have long legs? I am 6'0" and the most comfortable fit for me is 60cm or 24" (about 61cm).
I am 5'10" and I like 60cm bikes alot.
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different people like different fits. Another factor is the geometry of the bike-- not only the TT and stem lengths, but head and seat tube angles will all combine to change the fit. For me, the more aggressive the geometry, the taller frame I prefer.

Add to that the great variability in the proportions of various humans and how their joints and back are "put together" and you basically just have to start trying things out and learning what works for you.

I have a 66cm Panasonic that I love, but once rode a taller Lotus that was the best fit ever.

PS wow-- just found this shot. Look where the ST is! https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidfo...4103/lightbox/
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I ride a 60-63 cm. I'm about 6'4".

Some of you guys are really big, and when I say big I mean it.
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I wonder if the seat is so high on that Raleigh to compensate for the relatively short top tube. His other bikes have a normal amount of seat post showing.

I think my ideal fit would be a 65cm st and a 65cm tt, but once you get into the larger frames they rarely match up.
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Many XLT bikes with freakishly tall seattubes have top tubes that are only max of around 61-62cm, quite short length in proportion to the height. Manufactures seem reluctant to increase the wheelbase in direct proportion to the height and really long top tubes are said to make the frame excessivly flexible if standard deminsion tubes are used. So, if the TT deminsion is not too long for you (probably still too short!), it is quite likely that you could fit OK on a bike with an XLT seattube if tight TT standover clearance is not an issue. The one possible position benefit of riding a frame with really tall seattube (and headtube) is that the drop between the level of the saddle to the handlebars can be minimized without resorting to a goofy looking riser stem. This can be a benefit if you want a more relaxed, upright riding position (french fit) instead of a full racer crouch.
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