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Old 02-18-10, 01:00 PM
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Any tall guys who tour on a mountain bike?

I'm 6'3 and am beginning to plan a touring build...

Would a regular 26"-wheel mountain frame give me any trouble? (assuming I'm buying an XL/22" frame)
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Old 02-18-10, 01:02 PM
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I'm 6'-3" and just built up a 59cm Kogswell P/R with 26" wheels and the fit seems great (though I likely could have fit one size up too), though I haven't logged a big ride yet. It's not exactly a MTB frame though, just MTB wheels.
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Old 02-18-10, 01:28 PM
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the only trouble I could imagine is if you've never ridden long distances before and hadn't developed preferences in bar height/reach/hand grip and this is a learning experience.
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I'm 6'5. I've toured on both a MB & touring bike. My MB isn't as comfortable for long distance rides as my touring bike. Specifically, I have to have my seat post way up high on my MB. Even with a high rise stem, my handlebar height is still a couple inches under my seat height. This gets pretty uncomfortable on longer distances. Also the chain stays aren't very long and I can only use smaller rear panniers as my big feet hit the panniers. YMMV
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Old 02-18-10, 06:53 PM
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I am 6'2" and have done some tours on my mountain bike. The key for me was using trekking bars and a raised stem to match my seat height. I found it took longer to get the fit right than my other bikes but now I am just as comfortable.
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Old 02-19-10, 09:56 AM
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I'm 6'4" and toured on an old, rigid Stumpjumper when it was my only bike. It worked fine, although it didn't have eyelets for a front rack and I didn't own one anyway, so I carried all my stuff on the back. If I had an old mountain bike and little money, I'd tour on it. If I was starting from scratch I'd go for a "real", drop-bar touring bike. For so many reasons. If I was touring off-road (like the Great Divide Route) I'd take my mountain bike with front suspension and use racks - a Tubus Swing in front, and maybe a Tubus Logo in back.

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Thanks guys, I think I'm going to bide my time and get a 700c touring bike of some sort... not a huge fan of mtbs in general but I was considering it as a cheaper way to build
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Old 02-19-10, 01:32 PM
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Thanks guys, I think I'm going to bide my time and get a 700c touring bike of some sort... not a huge fan of mtbs in general but I was considering it as a cheaper way to build
You can build a touring bike around 700c frame using only MTB parts. Most 700c touring bikes use MTB parts or a mix of road and MTB parts. I have just bough a Kona Sutra frame on eBay and I'm going to build it up using MTB parts entirely. Many people prefer MTB parts as they are stronger and usually cheaper than road specific parts.

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Old 02-19-10, 02:08 PM
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I tour on a Giant 21" frame MTB, it has trekking bars. I also have a road based bike that I tour on. My main reason for the MTB is to get places I cannot with a road bike. I am 6'-2" with longer than average arms and legs. My normal" road frame is usually a 65cm.

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I'm 6'1" with long arms and legs. Until 2006, I toured on a Mongoose IBOC Pro mountain bike with a 21-inch frame. No problems from the bike or the geometry and it got me wherever I wanted to go. I switched to a touring bike after the Mongoose was stolen.

The mountain bike was quite versatile and it performed extremely well on gravel and trails.

In January, I toured on a Cannondale F400 mountain bike. Once again, it felt comfortable.
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A friend of mine that's 6'6" toured through Central and S America this past year on a 25" MTB. He actually had it built by Tom Teesdale, but the price seemed pretty reasonable. Here's a pic from Costa Rica, I think.

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