View Full Version : Long/Tall Bikes

09-08-2006, 05:10 PM
I'm 6'5" and I don't know what size bike I'm really going to need, OR where to find a taller and longer bike. Does anyone have any suggestions? I saw something the other day, but can't find it again.

09-16-2006, 09:18 PM

Are you looking for new or used. If new, you may be lookng at a custom, but try out Bike Gallery or anothe full service store first. You aren't tall enough that there aren't ready made frames out their to fit you. My problem is a tall torso and short legs. It's hard for me to find a non-custom that fits. Good luck and good riding!


Simple Nature
09-17-2006, 07:12 AM
I chose my MTB by going to the LBS and trying many out. I knew immediately what didn't fit me. I ended up with a Specialized Hardrock FX. I rode several in the same frame size and they all felt very different. The best thing to do it try one on for size. When you find one that feels right, you'll know that too.

09-17-2006, 12:04 PM
I'm 6'3, inseam of about 35" and I ride a 60cm road bike, which is a fairly standard size.
I'd say, go hop on a few and see. If it's a mountain bike your after - fitting may be easier since it's less critical, a road bike may be a custom job.

09-19-2006, 12:00 AM
for road bikes most companies go up to 63-64 cm, cannondale makes a 66cm, standard bikes are hard to fit to tall people. chances are, you will need to change out the stem, maybe even the bar. go to a full service shop, better if it has trained fit specialists (like the bike gallery). they can put you on a stand and look at your position, hopefully find you a bike that will be comfortable

09-22-2006, 08:29 AM
Get a 24" Trek 4500 for MTB or a 63cm road bike (Trek 1000).

Erik H.
09-23-2006, 08:13 AM
I have a 63cm Specialized road bike that required me to change out the stem and max out the seatpost. Trek also makes a lot of 63's. For my around-the-towner, I have a 24" Trek "fitness" bike. Definitely limited options, but there's a lot of bike shops out there. Bike Gallery and River City seemed to offer the most. River City has a few tall dudes working there that understand the struggle. Test-ride lots of bikes and then test-ride them again and again.