Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

Tall guy who wants to get into Mountain Biking :-)

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

Tall guy who wants to get into Mountain Biking :-)

Old 03-04-20, 11:12 AM
Junior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Tall guy who wants to get into Mountain Biking :-)

I have the same question about recumbents-I'm 6'7", but am having zero luck in finding a mountain bike that'll fit my needs outside of raising the seatpost some crazy amount. Any thoughts?
favabean1982 is offline  
Old 03-04-20, 12:35 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 5,721

Bikes: Kona Dawg, Surly 1x1, Karate Monkey, Rockhopper, Crosscheck , Burley Runabout,

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 854 Post(s)
Liked 109 Times in 64 Posts
Try Zinn bikes, Surly too. I'm 6'4". Finding any XXL?
Leebo is offline  
Old 03-04-20, 04:58 PM
Senior Member
2cam16's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: San Mateo,Ca.
Posts: 3,913


Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 953 Post(s)
Liked 580 Times in 410 Posts
Look into what Reggie Miller (NBA) rides. That may help. He's an avid mountain biker and he's pretty tall.
2cam16 is offline  
Old 03-04-20, 07:18 PM
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 23
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 20 Times in 5 Posts
Is a custom frame build an option? Those come in any size.
MoreLowGears is offline  
Old 03-06-20, 02:00 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Mt Shasta, CA, USA
Posts: 1,843

Bikes: Too many. Cannondale SuperSix, Trek Remedy 8, Trek Crossrip+ get the most ride time.

Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 409 Post(s)
Liked 190 Times in 152 Posts
Are you looking at hardtail or full suspension? Santa Cruz does an XXL size, which is marketed as being appropriate for riders 6'4"-6'7" on many of their full suspension bikes. KHS makes the BNT model in XXL and XXXL at around $1700 for a pretty nice hardtail. Specialized, to their credit, makes some of their bikes, like their budget Rockhopper series, in an XXL size that you could also probably make fit sanely. Unfortunately I can think of no other mainstream brands that make a more budget oriented model for riders your height than that. Good luck!
cpach is offline  
Old 03-07-20, 07:22 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Dublin, OH
Posts: 466

Bikes: Serial bike flipper

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Liked 32 Times in 20 Posts
This is a fun site for tall guys looking for bikes with appropriate stack and reach:

seat_boy is offline  
Old 03-15-20, 04:07 PM
Senior Member
onyerleft's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2018
Posts: 485

Bikes: Pedaling for the Lord!

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 313 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 54 Times in 36 Posts
What about Giant bicycles? They got their name and made their reputation by making bikes especially for giants (by Taiwanese standards). Of course, they now make bikes for persons of all sizes. In fact, they might not cater to giants anymore at all! But it's worth checking out in case they still do. It never hurts to look.
onyerleft is offline  
Old 03-22-20, 02:34 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 515

Bikes: Cannondale tandems: '92 Road, '97 Mtn. Mongoose 10.9 Ti, Kelly Deluxe, Tommaso Chorus, Cdale MT2000, Schwinn Deluxe Cruiser, Torker Unicycle, among others.

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 145 Post(s)
Liked 82 Times in 56 Posts
Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
Try Zinn bikes, Surly too. I'm 6'4". Finding any XXL?

This, without a doubt, the best advice. At 6' 7", you may need a custom bike as well as much longer cranks than the industry usually provides. And if you cannot afford custom, Zinn should be able to point you in the correct direction. A 6'4" roommate of mine rode and raced on 180mm cranks for decades. Then he was introduced to Zinn who put him on 193mm cranks. (And let me add that 13mm may not seem like much, but it's a MILE. I switched to 5mm longer cranks while on a ride one day and I didn't expect to notice the difference. Not only was the difference obvious, it felt like I was turning cranks almost twice as long!) My roommate says "I rediscovered cycling!" after switching to proper crank lengths. In hindsight, he realizes his biomechanics on the bike were terrible. Only after switching to correct crank length did he feel "free" on the bike. Plus, he suffered an injury while racing - a tendon pulled part of his bone off, apparently because he wasn't getting proper leverage on the crank arms.

But going custom for you will be expensive. You want to ride a bicycle comfortably, with proper fit and biomechanics. It's something that the "average" person achieves usually without much thought. But you will have to search to find this. If, say, Santa Cruz, can provide an off-the-shelf fit for you, then you're very lucky. Looking at their website, the XXL may be a fit. However, all the Hightower frame sizes show 170mm cranks, which must be a mistake. The XXL Tallboy lists 175mm cranks, which are most certainly WAY TOO SMALL for you.

But if there are a few manufacturers out there providing a fit for someone your height (as Santa Cruz indicates), then you're lucky. The industry abandoned such large sizes over 20 years ago. Glad to see they're making the effort. But you'll probably have to make some changes to achieve ideal fit.
LV2TNDM is offline  
Old 03-23-20, 12:10 AM
Darth Lefty 
Disco Infiltrator
Darth Lefty's Avatar
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Folsom CA
Posts: 11,678

Bikes: Stormchaser, Paramount, Timberjack, Expert TG, Samba tandem

Mentioned: 67 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2278 Post(s)
Liked 958 Times in 631 Posts
KHS makes the BNT 29er. They also make the Flite 747 road bike in 2XL and 3XL.

Dirty Sixer makes frames frm 2XL-5XL on 32" and 36" tires. But it seems to me like he's having trouble finding longer suspension forks to go with.

Ventana near me in Rancho Cordova makes aluminum mountain bike frames of all styles in custom sizes.
Genesis 49:16-17
Darth Lefty is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.