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Old 11-26-04, 10:54 PM
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6'6" and looking for a 67/68 cm stock bike

Hey all,

I'm 6'6" and my 62 cm Surly feels a bit small. Actually, super small and puny. I checked out the various measurement sites around the net, and the calculations told me I need a 67 cm. Are there any options for getting a stock 67 cm road/cross bike?
I'd love nothing else but to go on over to my local frame builder and slapdown a grand for a delicious steel frame, but I'm a student and just can't.
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Old 11-27-04, 02:10 AM
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I have a 63 cm and I am 6'6" too and it fits me just fine. One thing is the angle of your stem and its length that make a difference. I could ride a 65 cm but they do not make something that size easily.
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Biggest "stock" size I've ever seen has been a 64cm.
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See if gvhbikes.com can get you one.
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Originally Posted by 2mtr
Hey all,

I'm 6'6" and my 62 cm Surly feels a bit small. Actually, super small and puny. I checked out the various measurement sites around the net, and the calculations told me I need a 67 cm. Are there any options for getting a stock 67 cm road/cross bike?
I'd love nothing else but to go on over to my local frame builder and slapdown a grand for a delicious steel frame, but I'm a student and just can't.
I've seen a LOT of bikes on E-bay of late in the touring bike
catagory that were for tall folk's. Lotta tall bikes, mate.
Schwinn,Trek & Specialized touring bikes mostly.(older good
stuff)
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Giant makes some big sizes in a few of their models. Typically though for someone 6'3 they would ride a 60cm, so for 6'6 typically you would ride a 63-65cm, so be sure to try the bikes out before you just order one based on an internet fit program.
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Tall 67cm Centurion for sale!

check out this beauty:

http://steelbikes.googlepages.com
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stop by the clydesdale forum - lot's of riders 6'6"++ and even a few bordering on 7'
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Your "ideal bike size" depends on two main factors: the bike geometry and your pubic bone height (leg length).

So I'm afraid that you won't find anything larger than 62-64 cm in standard sizes. But even those are misleading. For instance, I have a 25" (63,5 cm) Trek 520 (vintage 2000); however, its top tube length is 1 cm less than that of the 62-cm LHT. Likewise, you may find lots of 1980-vintage steel bikes with a 27" frame (68,5 cm), but they typically have a top tube as short as what I have on my 520: 59 cm or 60 cm. In other words, they would not fit you.

So your choices are few, but not insurmountable:

– Get a bike with a long top tube. The LHT with an uncut steerer is not that bad in this regard. You'll need an extra long seatpost and a long stem with a 35 degree angle and it might work, depending on your proportions. Raising the seat is fairly trivial nowadays and raising the bars is almost as easy, so the real issue becomes the top tube length. The large Giants aren't much better in that they don't have a top tube longer than 62 cm.

– Rivendell has (or had) a few models with a large 68-cm frame. Their top tubes are fairly short for the bike size, so the 68-cm probably won't be too stretched out. However, considering the price of their frames, you might be able to get a custom frame for almost the same price as a stock Rivendell frame.
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Old 03-03-08, 11:45 PM
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Cannondale offer a CAAD 5 in 66cm for around 450$ c/w fork.
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