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Old 03-15-07, 04:52 PM
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Any LBS with big and tall bikes?

A friend of mine is looking to get his first road bike. He's 6'8", 280# with a 38" inseam. Does anyone have any recommendations on bikes that can accommodate him? And anywhere we can go where he might do some test rides? He said his budget is $1500, if that helps point us in the right direction.

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wow... that's a big guy! does he play basketball by chance? i'm recruiting for my team!

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With a 38 inch inseem he is not going to find anything off the shelf that is going to work (except possably the rumored 66cm cannondale). at 6'6.5" I have nearly a 37" inseem and all 63cm bikes are too small (I have about a 3 inch drop with a large seatpost. No LBS are going to rutienly stock 63cm frames to choose from, but you might find one of two at a local shop. Most of the time the frames will be ordered through their respective companies. A word of advice is that cannondales measuring systems makes their 63cm frame larger than the rest, so that might be the answer.

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I'm not a proponent of custom bikes generally, but this may be a case where it really makes sense to go custom. I have no clue whether a custom bike can be had for that budget.
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Thanks for the heads up on Cannondale. I was a little afraid that he'd have a really tough time finding something, particularly something to test ride. Well, if anyone knows of a custom builder who might be good for this kind of project, I'd appreciate a reference. How about wheels too? I was thinking that he'd have to get something pretty beefy. Any thoughts on a stock wheel that could handle him?
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Check out the clyde forum for advice on wheels. I rode at that weight for a while with the ksyrium elites with no problems (i got lighter, still ride them), they often come on bikes in that $$ range. Handbuilt 36 Spoke mavic open pro's are often recommended as well. After a couple months riding, have him take it back to the LBS and have them inspect/tighten up the spokes.

Here's the thread to end all threads on bikes for big folk from the clyde forum:
https://www.bikeforums.net/clydesdales-athenas-200-lb-91-kg/228851-clydesdale-athena-index-thread-read-before-posting-all-old-stickies-linked.html
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Old 03-15-07, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by ronjon10
Check out the clyde forum for advice on wheels. I rode at that weight for a while with the ksyrium elites with no problems (i got lighter, still ride them), they often come on bikes in that $$ range. Handbuilt 36 Spoke mavic open pro's are often recommended as well. After a couple months riding, have him take it back to the LBS and have them inspect/tighten up the spokes.

Here's the thread to end all threads on bikes for big folk from the clyde forum:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=228851
Thanks a bunch for the info. We might have to build him something so I'll read the clyde link thoroughly tomorrow. He'll be shedding more pounds soon, and especially with a solid bicycle under him -- he's already down 20 this year and I'm trying to be a part of encouraging further work toward his mean lean days as a basketball player. (Yes apex, he played in HS, but that's been 20 years!)
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Originally Posted by jschen
I'm not a proponent of custom bikes generally, but this may be a case where it really makes sense to go custom. I have no clue whether a custom bike can be had for that budget.
He could possibly have a frame built for that amount - send him to landsharkbicycles.com

As for wheels although Krsyriums (definitely the SSL and even the Elites) say there is no weight limit, my beefier friends (over 180) have had nothing but problems with them. Opt for the Cosmos instead or get something hand built.

I have a good friend who rides down in San Diego, He's 6'8" and had to settle for more of a comfort bike (actually it might be a Trek 5200)and then he added longer stems etc. It works for him but maybe not for anyone else. Big Boy Curtis and his bike...


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Tough to go custom and stay in that budget, but you might try Soma or Curtlo, Soma has frames for $400 and sometimes closeouts for $300, but I don't know if they do custom. Curtlo does, as does Gunnar, (Waterford). I would write to Lennard Zinn and see if he might have a line on a used frame, he specializes in huge frames, but he's pricey. +1 for the Mavic 36 hole Open Pro wheels, hand built by a good builder.
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Originally Posted by big john
Tough to go custom and stay in that budget, but you might try Soma or Curtlo, Soma has frames for $400 and sometimes closeouts for $300, but I don't know if they do custom. Curtlo does, as does Gunnar, (Waterford). I would write to Lennard Zinn and see if he might have a line on a used frame, he specializes in huge frames, but he's pricey. +1 for the Mavic 36 hole Open Pro wheels, hand built by a good builder.
Excellent suggestion re. Soma. They make a stock 66cm sport road frame for under $400. It would be easy to do a full build within your freind's budget.
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Yes, thank you for the Soma reference. I've seen some good write-ups of their frames on here and I bet the 66cm would work for him. Looks like we have a fun project now
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If you do a build up, see if you can get some Mike Garcia wheels in your budget. He's a wheel builder in Florida,. Do a search here, seems to be universally recommended as far as I've seen. Just give him a call and talk to him about your needs and budget.

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