Bikes for Tall Cyclists: Road, Gravel, Touring, Commuter In XXL XXXL 62, 63, 64cm+

Hello, fellow tall person!

You want a bike huh? Well, it’s your lucky day because I’ve put together a list of road, gravel, commuting and touring bikes just for tall people. That’s bikes sized 62, 63, 64cm along with anything XL, XXL or 3XL or beyond.

With more than 130 bikes(!) listed below, there are options for anyone from 193cm (6ft4) right up to 7ft3 (221cm). But first, let’s take a look at a few things you’ll want to consider before buying your big bike.

Note: This article was originally published in Aug 2014, but has been updated in May 2020.

Big And Tall Bike Components

If you’re under 100kg/220lb, good news – most bikes available in your size will have components that are perfectly adequate. But many tall riders are often heavier, so there are a few bike components to look out for, especially if you tip the scales at over 120kg/265lb.

The wheels are undoubtedly the most important component on a bike for a heavy rider. I recommend using rims designed for bicycle touring as they can resist very heavy loads (I’ve got an article on the best rim models HERE). You’ll also want to look for wheels with a higher spoke count – ideally, a minimum of 32 spokes, but on a stiffer carbon rim, you may be able to get away with 28 spokes.

The tyres should be wider than typical to withstand the extra weight. For a road bike, that’s likely 32mm, on a gravel bike that’s 40mm or wider and on a touring bike it’s 55mm+.

You may want to look into extra-long crank arms (200-215mm) if you’re over 200cm/6ft7, allowing the crank length to be more in proportion with your inseam. But keep in mind you cannot install long crank arms on any bike; the bike frame needs to be constructed with a higher bottom bracket shell to maintain the equivalent pedal clearance from the ground.

Larger wheel diameters may also be preferable, but they aren’t mandatory. After all, a typical adult will ride a folding bike with tiny wheels without issue (usually on smooth roads). Many manufacturers actually offer their big and tall bikes with 26-inch and 27.5″ wheels because a smaller wheel is stronger with the equivalent components.

In general, buying a ‘touring’ bike is a great way to ensure the components will be strong enough to last under a bigger and heavier rider.

Bikes For Tall Cyclists: The Bike Fit

Comparing an XXL Surly 29er to a Dirty Sixer 36er bike. 6ft10/208cm rider. Image: Dirty Sixer

Unless you’re really comfortable on your current bike, I’d recommend getting a bike fit at a shop before buying your next one. Not by the work experience kid, but by somebody who has a long history of making people comfortable on their bikes.

At a cost of roughly US $100, a bike fit consultation will have you set up on a stationary bike. The bike fitter will ask you how often you ride, about the type of riding you do, and about any riding goals that you may have. They’ll also incorporate some flexibility and strength tests in there too.

The measurements that come out of your bike fit session will allow you to be extra comfortable on your new bike. Provided you collect the ‘stack’ and ‘reach’ data from your bike fitter, you’ll even be able to use this resource to find your next bike!

How To Use ‘Stack’ and ‘Reach’

The universal sizing metric that I’m using to compare big bikes is called ‘stack’ and ‘reach’. The reason it’s the best sizing metric is that it can inform us about how long and tall a bike frame is. Simply measuring the seat tube or top tube doesn’t take into account the bike’s angles, head tube length or fork length.

Most bike sizing is based on the seat tube length. Some manufacturers will tout their bikes as XXL or 3XL, but when we calculate the ‘stack’ and ‘reach’ numbers, they’re simply not that big. Just take a look below – some “66cm” bikes are actually smaller than other “58cm” bikes! Don’t get caught out…

When I list the ‘stack’ and ‘reach’ of the bikes below, you’ll see it written as two numbers separated by a backslash. The smaller number is always the ‘reach’, and the bigger number is always the ‘stack’. For example, (405/666) means the bike has a ‘reach’ of 405mm and a ‘stack’ of 666mm.

All of the bikes in this resource are listed in order of frame ‘stack’, from tall to short. I do this because most tall folks have a very long inseam, which results in a very high seat. Without a tall ‘stack’ height at the front of your bike, you will find your handlebars will be too low.

Don’t focus too much on the ‘reach’ numbers. The difference between bikes is usually no more than 30mm, so we can easily accommodate this length discrepancy by swapping the handlebar stem. It’s not a huge deal at all.

If you’re interested in learning all about the frame geometry of a bicycle, click HERE.

Big Road Race Bike List: By Stack Height (Tall-To-Short)

bikes for tall cyclists
Conor Dunne is a 6ft8 rider and is currently using a 62cm Pinarello Prince. Image: Global Cycling Network

The following bikes have an aggressive, race geometry and narrower than 30mm wide tyres.

XXXL Parlee Z-Zero – (405 / 666)
64 Trek Emonda – (401 / 654)
62 Pinarello Dogma/Gan/Prince – (410 / 651)
61 Specialized Allez – (396 / 649)
66 Soma Smoothie – (417 / 639)
64 Stevens Aspin – (420 / 636)
62 Cannondale Super Six/CAAD – (406 / 634)
2XL Canyon Ultimate – (428 / 631)
61 Cervelo R/S Series – (405 / 630)
60 Colnago C64 – (410 / 628)
XL Ridley Helium – (403 / 624)
62 Cannondale System Six – (409 / 620)
61 Felt AR/FR – (417 / 617)
60.5 Norco Section – (409 / 614)
63 KOGA Kimera – (417 / 613)
2XL Canyon Aeroad – (423 / 612)
61 Fuji SL – (413 / 612)
61 Specialized Tarmac – (410 / 612)
62 Rose X-Lite – (416 / 611)
XXL Ritte The Ace – (414 / 610)
61 Scott Addict – (410 / 606)

Note: All road race bikes in this list have a minimum ‘stack’ of 610mm. 

Big Road Endurance Bike List: By Stack Height (Tall-To-Short)

Clydesdale titanium bikes in stock sizing are manufactured for cyclists up to 7ft tall, and custom sizing is available if you’re 7ft+.

The following bikes are extra upright and a bit more mellow handling – but with road bike speed.

4XL Clydesdale Draft***( 434 / 715)
3XL Clydesdale Draft***427 / 691)
3XL KHS Flite 747***(427 / 691)
64 Specialized Roubaix(404 / 675)
64 Condor Fratello
(380 / 665)
64 Gunnar Sport Disc(402 / 663)
62 Trek Domane(386 / 656)
66 Soma Fog Cutter(412 / 655)
XXL Clydesdale Draft***(424 / 654)
XXL KHS Flite 747*** – (424 / 654)
2XL Canyon Endurace – (417 / 652)
62 Cube Attain – (391 / 649)
61 Fuji Gran Fondo/Sportif – (403 / 645)
XXL Maxx Roadmaxx – (428 / 644)
61 Salsa Warroad/Warbird – (408 / 642)
62 Rose Reveal – (412/ 643)
61 Cervelo C3 – (400 / 641)
XL Parlee Altum – (394 / 641)
61 Cannondale Synapse – (402 / 640)
XXL Storck Aernario – (421 / 637)
61 Felt VR(401 / 635)
61 All City Zig Zag – (415 / 631)
61 Focus Paralane(404 / 630)

Note: All road endurance bikes in this list have a minimum ‘stack’ of 630mm. When a bike has a ‘reach’ under 400mm, I have made sure the ‘stack’ heights exceed 640mm.

*** As the Clydesdale and KHS bikes employ 200mm+ crank arms and a higher bottom bracket, the stack measurements are not directly comparable to bike with all other bikes. To draw a more accurate comparison you need to add 25-40mm to achieve the same ‘effective’ stack.

Big Gravel Bike List: By Stack Height (Tall-To-Short)

The Pelago Stavanger is one of the biggest gravel bikes available. Image: Kerstin Kortekamp

The following bikes feature extra tyre clearance and more relaxed angles for gravel and dirt roads.

5XL Dirty Sixer All Road*** – (529/ 787)
4XL Dirty Sixer All Road*** – (
484/ 780)
64 Specialized Diverge Comp – (
419/ 684)
66 Gunnar Hyper-X
(399 / 684)
65 Pelago Stavanger(390 / 680)
60 Idworx Grandone
(391 / 679)
XXL Accent Feral(389 / 670)
58 Polygon Bend RIV(425 / 668)
66 Soma Wolverine(420 / 668)
60 Salsa Cutthroat(406 / 664)
XL Argon 18 Dark Matter
(398 / 664)
XL Merida Silex(430 / 663)
55 Kona Libre(394 / 660)
61 Moots Routt 45(399 / 651)
61 Fairlight Secan(405 / 650)
XXL Centurion Crossfire(413 / 649)
XXL Sour Purple Haze
(390 / 647)
59.5 Salsa Vaya(385 / 647)
62.5 Knolly Cache –  (438 / 645)
2XL Canyon Grail(440 / 644)
61 Felt Broam(398 / 643)
64 Surly Midnight Special(423 / 641)
XL Rocky Mountain Solo(414 / 641)
XL Parlee Chebacco(393 / 641)
61 Jamis Renegade(405 / 640)
XL Cannondale Topstone(402 / 640)
XL Kinesis Tripster AT(393 / 640)
XL Litespeed Gravel(393 / 640)
60 Marin Headlands(426 / 639)
60 Masi Randonneur(417 / 638)
XL Rondo Ruut AL – (
406 / 638)
2XL Canyon Inflite – (428 / 637)
62 Niner RLT(407 / 637)
61 All City Cosmic Stallion(410 / 634)
61 GT Grade – (403 / 634)
XL Wilier Jenna(401 / 633)
XL Pinnacle Arkose X(408 / 632)
XL Genesis Fugio(405 / 631)
61 Cervelo Aspero(415 / 630)
XL Sonder Santiago(410 / 630)
58 Mongoose Guide Sport – (406 / 630)
58 Kona Rove(400 / 630)

Note: All gravel bikes in this list have a minimum ‘stack’ of 630mm. When a bike has a ‘reach’ under 400mm, I have made sure the ‘stack’ heights exceed 640mm.

*** As the Dirty Sixer bikes employ 200mm+ crank arms and a higher bottom bracket, the stack measurements are not directly comparable to bike with all other bikes. To draw a more accurate comparison you need to add 25-40mm to achieve the same ‘effective’ stack.

Big Touring Bike List: By Stack Height (Tall-To-Short)

Maxx makes some of the biggest bikes available for touring – right up to 4XL.

The following bikes have been designed for long-distance touring, all with drop bars.

4XL Maxx Crossmaxx(441 / 724)
XL Salsa Fargo(409 / 690)
68 Waterford Adventure Series
(401 / 688)
64 Surly Disc Trucker – (
413/ 685)
XL Cinelli Hobootleg Geo(405 / 681)
XL Marin Four Corners(427 / 678)
XL Shand Bahookie(413 / 671)
XL Co-Op ADV 1.1(389 / 670)
66 Soma Saga(403 / 667)
64 Gunnar Tour(390 / 666)
L The Light Blue Darwin(391 / 665)
XL Finna Landscape(397 / 664)
XXL Crust Bombora
(416 / 660)
XL Moots Baxter(404 / 657)
XL Masi Giramondo(411 / 657)
64 Fuji Touring(402 / 657)
58 Mason InSearchOf
(397 / 657)
63 Trek 520(400 / 655)
XL Curve GMX+(491 / 651)
XL Wilier Jaroon Plus(396 / 650)
58 Dawes Super Galaxy(402 / 648)
XL Genesis Vagabond(410 / 646)
XL Bombtrack Arise(411 / 644)
61 Trek 920(405 / 642)

Note: All touring bikes in this list have a minimum ‘stack’ of 640mm. When a bike has a ‘reach’ under 400mm, I have made sure the ‘stack’ heights exceed 650mm.

Big Touring Bike List: By Stack Height (Tall-To-Short)

Schauff make some big touring bikes with huge double-oversized aluminium tubes.

The following bikes have been designed for long-distance touring, all with flat bars.

5XL Dirty Sixer All Road MK2*** – (500/ 785)
4XL Dirty Sixer All Road MK2*** – (
480/ 760)
3XL Dirty Sixer All Road MK2 – (
440/ 750)
70 Raleigh Rushhour 4.0 XXL
(427 / 753)
XXL Kalkhoff Agattu
(420 / 729)
4XL Maxx Crossmaxx
(439 / 728)
4XL Clydesdale Rein***(434 / 715)
XXL Idworx All Rohler(410 / 712)
70 Schauff Sumo(421 / 700)
70 Santos Travelmaster(421 / 699)
XL Shand Tam(438 / 693)
3XL Clydesdale Rein***(427 / 691)
XXL Tout Terrain Amber Road
(416 / 691)
64 Rivendell Clem Smith
(441 / 685)
XL Crust Scapegoat
(457 / 674)
64 Stevens Randonneur(420 / 663)
64 Trenga MLS(420 / 663)
62 Cube Travel(402 / 663)
3XL Velotraum VK3(480 / 662)
63 Koga WorldTraveller(405 / 662)
XL Surly ECR(433 / 657)
21 Trek 1120(471 / 651)
XL Bombtrack Beyond+(460 / 651)
XL Quantor Earthling(405 / 651)
XL Tumbleweed Prospector(445 / 650)
63.5 Stanforth Pamira(415 / 648)
62 Contoura Pollino(424 / 646)
67 VSF T-300(430 / 645)

Note: All touring bikes in this list have a minimum ‘stack’ of 640mm.

*** As the Clydesdale and Dirty Sixer bikes employ 190-200mm crank arms and a higher bottom bracket, the stack measurements are not directly comparable to bike with all other bikes. To draw a more accurate comparison you need to add 25-40mm to achieve the same ‘effective’ stack.

Big Commuter Bike List: By Stack Height (Tall-To-Short)

The Cannondale Bad Boy is one of the biggest commuter bikes on this list.

The following bikes are all under US $1000 and will be great commuters for tall folk.

XXL Specialized Sirrus X 4.0(410 / 709)
XL Cannondale Bad Boy
(446 / 688)
XL Kona Dew(465 / 682)
XXL Norco VFR(452 / 657)
2XL Cannondale Quick(430 / 650)
Norco Indie(470 / 640)
Salsa Journeyman(449 / 638)
Jamis Sequel(448 / 638)

Let me know below if there are any other manufacturers catering for tall cyclists.

  1. I’m 198 CM, got a fitted and currently ride a 61 CM ALL Cities Space Horse that fits like a glove

  2. I am 204cm and I have a custom frame from Burls… it’s a stunning frame in Titanium and only cost me £995. I then hit ebay for ALL the other stuff and managed to build a great quality made to measure Ti frame road bike with mid range parts for less than £1600.

  3. I’m 6’10”, 280 lbs. For a solid commuter bike that’s relatively inexpensive, I recommend the Trek 7._ FX series in 25″ size. They don’t post reach/stack geometry on their site, but I went to one of their dealers and it fits me. I owned its predecessor the 7200, and the components held up relatively well for about three years in a subtropical climate. They start at about $500, and after everything I’ve read and researched online, nothing comes close for an XXL sized bike at this price. That said, if anybody knows of a competitive make/model, I’d appreciate your input.

  4. Hi Rob. Thanks for the comment, and glad you’re happy on Treks! Interestingly, the 25″ Trek FX isn’t all that big compared to some of the bikes we’ve got here. I’ve calculated it at 394mm reach, 645mm stack, and with a flat handlebar that’s quite short! If you’re after something bigger (at your height, you’d be more at home on something bigger), I’d suggest checking out the ‘flat bar’ touring bikes in this list: https://www.cyclingabout.com/list-of-xxl-touring-bikes-for-tall-cyclists/ Alee

  5. I’m 203cm, 6’8 225lbs, I was wondering if you had a short list of manufacturers with decent sized frames for MTB. Can’t really do custom as it’s too expensive but don’t want to feel like I’m riding a kids bike either. Trying to find a happy medium. Thanks

  6. Ad,

    I’m 6’8″ myself and about 245 lbs, fairly well proportioned with regards to arms, legs and torso. Also, I live in the US so all the fancy Euro makers don’t really work when considering the $1000 or more for shipping on top of the bike itself. I don’t know what sort of price point you’re looking at but I’ve had good luck with Specialized. If you just want a basic, solid hardtail you can’t go wrong with any of the Rockhopper 29ers which come in an XXL frame size, plenty big for me. If you’re wanting more of a trail bike the Stumpjumper FSR 29 comes in XXL frames, assuming you’re OK with aluminum. To me these bikes fit perfectly without having to resort to a lesser know mail order or import brand.


  7. @6’7″ I have the 7.3 with some mods including the longest stem available in my local bike shop. I recently started looking for a new road bike and rented the trek 1.2 (62cm) a couple times and really enjoyed it. Guessing the 64cm will be perfect fit. The Rockhopper was also suggested as an option for cruising the bike paths. Question, any idea what “remove the 16 trick” is referring to ? see comments: http://wheelworld.com/product/giant-defy-5-237293-1.htm

  8. I presume the cassette body on the stock wheels isn’t designed for the 11-speed cassette upgrade that the reviewer has made. To make it fit they must’ve removed the 16t cog from the new cassette to make it narrower.

  9. I’ve sketched up the Pelago Stavanger and think the Stack is 708mm and the Reach between 420-430mm. That’s one tall front end! I’ll need more geometry details to get something more accurate, so let me know how you go. Thanks for your input.

  10. Hi Alee,
    Great list. I was looking for something that is either road with the ability to attach bags on the back or a touring bike under 1k US. I’m 6’6″ or 198cm. Any suggestions?

  11. Justin,

    I’d recommend picking a bike for your riding purposes first. Are you after a heavy duty commuter, something you can tour with or a bike that will mostly be a road bike? If it’s the latter, you can actually fit racks to road bikes provided your load is under 18kg. Check out the Axiom Roadrunner DLX or Tubus Fly racks for that purpose.

    Otherwise, a light touring bike will be heavier duty, with the ability to run wide tyres. And a touring bike heavier again with all of the loaded-bike features. Check out:

    Light Touring and CX Bikes: The Giant Revolt 3, Trek CrossRip Elite, Kona Jake and Cannondale CAADX Tiagra will get close and should be big enough in the largest sizes.

    Touring Bikes: Fuji Touring, Jamis Aurora and KHS TR101 could fit the bill.


  12. I’m 6’7” tall, my Cycling Inseam is 39” 4/8 in a triathlon shoes (38” 2/8 bare feet). Any recommendations? Any revommendation will be greatly appreciated! Thank you

  13. Sitting here, enjoying the list but with 8 broken ribs, a smashed clavicle and a punctured lung after a car decided to to a U turn in front of me. Going to treat myself to something quite special when I start riding again in a few months. Want a hybrid bike to commute with. Half my journey is gravel, half road. I’m 6 foot 5 (short compared to most here I know) and 230lbs. Was looking at the Specialized Sirrus Expert as I love my basic Sirrus (which is now somewhat unrideable). Any ideas?

  14. I know everyone posting here is a man, but I’m at a loss. I’m 6’1″ with a 38″ inseam (very leggy, especially compared to similarly tall men). Anyone know what I should look for in a commuter bike?

  15. Hi Lisa. You’re going to want a bike with a long seat tube, and a long head tube. Those bikes will have a tall “stack” measurement. Simply head into your local bike shop and test a few bikes in one of the top two sizes! Alee

  16. I don’t have a preference. However, I’m reading endurance road bikes are easier on the back, which is a problem I have now with my current bike.

  17. Thank you! There’s a dealer for that brand in my area too.

    And thanks for making this list too.

  18. I am 6’6…255. Looking for a straight bar bike that I can use mostly for for road and cement trails…not much off roading in my future. Want something with speed and toughness….Any suggestions?

  19. Hi, thanks for the list. I am 6’7″, 230 lbs, 36″ inseam, height mostly in my legs and have long arms as well. Looking for a solid comfortable bike for long touring (multiple weeks/months). I’m intrigued by the KHS Flite 747 in 3XL but I’m wondering if that’s overkill. Do you know if I need to go that far or if I could get away with something either easier to find (e.g., Trek 520, Surly LHT, Cannondale Touring), or more affordable (e.g., Fuji Sportif). Thoughts? Thanks,

  20. Hi Scott. With those dimensions, you should be fine on any XXL sized touring bike with perhaps a longer stem. I have a book with a sizing comparison of 100+ touring bikes coming soon! Alee

  21. Thanks Alee! That is helpful, the 3XL Flite is hard to find, expensive, and heavy. Do you have any touring bikes you’d recommend for me? Don’t want to break the bank but want to be comfortable doing multi-month trips.

  22. I thought about about that bike, but it doesn’t have any suspension. I’m looking for a mountain bike that can handle rocks and uneven terrain.

  23. Hi, I asked the official numbers for Pelago Stavanger 67 and Pelago Sibbo 65. The figures are:

    Stavanger 67
    Stack: 696
    Reach: 384

    Sibbo 65
    Stack: 664
    Reach: 402

    They promised to update the figures to their webpage also.

  24. I’ve got a 99 cm inseam and ride a Marinoni 65cm .But it’s harder to get a Fat bike with the proper fit . Here my Rocky Mtn Blizzard ( xl ) with a seat post extention . Note that all my bike are fit with trial stem , in the +35 deg raise and 160cm long + varieties .

  25. Is there any update to this list since it was published in 2014? In particular, I’m curious about Storck’s Aernario Disc G1 in the 63cm. Moving from a Madone 5.2 in a 64cm seems “doable”, but I’m struggling with commitment.

  26. I update this list when I can. You can expect the Storck to be about 15mm longer in the top tube, and about 10mm lower than your Madone. Those dimensions can easily be made up with a headset spacer and a slightly shorter stem.

  27. For a mountain bike, the Specialized Rockhopper is tall (464/672), but it isn’t necessarily long. In comparison, a bike like the 2017 Salsa Timberjack is almost 30mm longer in reach (492/625).

  28. I just wondering why you did not calculate stack divided by reach as that number gives a relative bike geometry, and then sort bikes according to that number?

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  30. I DON’T UNDERSTAND! First of all, when I want a bicycle… It has to be around a extended wheelbase. This make’s the bike performance safe to ride. Try a 42″inch top bar, and a 36″inch chainstay. I like to have the seat post at 15.5″inche’s, however strength and performance would makeba dynamic development of the seatpost at 17.5″inche’s. Now for wheel’s; I susggest that everyone should use a standard measurement of inche’s instead of foriegn milimeter’s. Another note to reccomend is that bicycle’s are sold and retail marketed by the size of the rim, not by ghe size of the tire. I don’t see any bicycle anywhere being sold as advertised. One more note. TIRE’S! A bicycle has to have goid tire’s. Nothing with a steel bead, just nylon belted tire’s with a good rubber compound. Now, try setting the size of the tire’s at 42″inch + and use some wide axle’s to accomodate the tire’s.

  31. I am 199cm and 110kg. I have had a Jamis Satellite for a number of years. It’s a good 2hr/day commuting bike.
    I am hard on my back rim, I warp them a lot to the point I bought a rim mount to straighten it myself. Any advice on keeping my rims true?
    I did get the highest quality spokes I could. Maybe a specific rim?

  32. Hi there I’m 6’10, 208cm and 144kg. I have a specialized allez with a flat bar, has served me really well for a daily commute for over 5 years now. I would love to hear from anyone about bike cleats in large sizes. I’m a US18 EUR53 and can’t find any anywhere

  33. I’m not sure of any EU53 cycling shoes. Both Shimano and Sidi make shoes up to size 52, however. If you think it’s worth a crack, check out the Shimano RO88 (road), Sidi Genius 7 Wide (road) and Shimano MO89 (MTB).

  34. Thanks alee. It’s quite hard to find stock of these In Australia so may have to ship a couple over to see the fit. Thanks for help, love the list

  35. Hey David. I am 7’1.. Would you be able to send a photo of yourself on the specialized allez (assume XXL)?

  36. Thanks alee I went out to Richmond but they’re running really small! Reckon I need a full size larger….shop assistant was gutted for me

  37. Thank you so much for writing this article. As a moderately big guy (6’4″, 37″ inseam) it’s the first I’ve ever found that actually gives me the information I need. There’s far too many bike shops and manufacturers who try to fit tall people onto too small bikes and we end up suffering as a result.

  38. Great article !

    I’m 194cm 6’3 1/2″. 94 kilos 207 lbs. 36″ inseam.

    I’m looking to buy a flat bar racer in UK or Ireland, but from what I can see, most of the big brands only go to ~55cm frame (eg Giant)

    By my calculations I need a 62cm or 24 1/2″ frame.

    Appreciate any recommendations up to around the USD1,000 or Eur1,000 or GBP850 mark

  39. Frames are all measured in different ways due to whether the frame is designed to be more ‘compact’ (like the 55cm Giant) or ‘traditional’ (bikes with horizontal top tubes). The virtual sizing between these models is often the same though. Stack/reach data is the best way to make a direct comparison but it’s rarely available for flatbar road bikes.

    Based on your height, you’ll likely be fine on whatever the biggest size is in most mainstream brands (eg. Trek, Specialized, Giant etc) but try to go for a test ride on some to see what you like best.

  40. Thanks for quick reply. The biggest size on Giant (XL) appears to be 55cm, but the frame calculator says in need 62? Do you think this would work ?

  41. 55cm is simply the way the frame is measured, it really has no bearing on size. The Giant Cross City in size XL has a stack and reach of 423/612. For comparison, the biggest Trek equivalent (25″) is 394/650, so it’s shorter but taller.

    You’ll ideally want to test ride the bike to know that it’s comfortable. But you can rest assured that an XL Giant is quite large.

  42. I’m 198cm and 280 lbs… any suggestion for a urban commuter bike to be used in the nation’s capital? I was first pointed towards a Redux 1 XL by the guys at the local bike shop, but they were concerned it was just a tick too small. Their next idea was a Surly Cross Check (64cm). Any thoughts on either or advice for something else? Thank you

  43. Sorry, did not clarify – the nation being the States. I live in the Washington, D.C. area. Thanks again

  44. It really depends how you want to sit on the bike. You’ll be able to fit on both, but the shorter Redux with a flat handlebar will have in a more upright position, while the Crosscheck 64cm will have you stretched out in a more ‘road bike’ positioning. I’m the same height and one of my mountain bikes has similar dimensions to the Redux.

  45. I’m 198 cm and just bought a Wiliers-Triestina Jareen. It’s an aluminum gravel grinder and is an XXL. I had to go with a shorter stem because it comes with a 120 mm. A real boat tiller. I love this bike with its neutral handling, stiff bottom bracket, and smooth ride.

  46. Guys, I recommend the ROSE brand of bikes, I’ve had 2x 63cm road bikes, top quality frames and components. They only sell via the internet (as do Canyon) but for me in Singapore knocking off the German VAT, pays for the shipping and local VAT so I get a top bike at European prices avoiding local price mark ups. I’m 6’7″ (202), a nimble 250lbs…. and the 63cm frame fits perfectly. For example:

    The KHS 747 has intrigued me for some time but the Rose works fine to be honest.

  47. Hey Bruce, the US is a super competitive price market so I doubt the price would work there but in places where taxes are high or there is limited and expensive choices it works well. As I said, the VAT discount offsets the transport charge… Good luck with your search!

  48. Excellent resource! Thanks! Is there a list, even just the top 5 for velodrome track bikes for tall people? (198 cm, usually ride a 62cm roadie, which is even a bit tight).

  49. I haven’t put anything together, but look to the manufacturers that offer big road/cx/gravel bikes. If they offer a track bike, it will likely also be large. Keep note of the ‘stack’ data. Track bikes, on paper, look especially long; that’s because they have short head tubes. You’ll want something with a tall-ish stack (a bit shorter than a road bike), but also a long reach. Goodluck with your hunt.

  50. I’m 6’7″ or a bit over 201 cm, not all that serious about biking these days- but in the 1980’s did a few triathalons – my 1986 cro-moly frame bike is a 27″ frame, Ralieigh Team USA model (about $700 back then, (with a machine shop seat post extension), my around the block bike now is a Fuji- fat tire bike, with extra tall seat post). Better way to think about bike sizing especially with the newer frame designs -Reach and Stack -I like it. (my Taiwan bike was a KSH or something like that and I think it was a 65cm frame/ sold it in 93 when I moved back to the states). Finding cars I can fit in and drive is more of a topic for me now

  51. I got a Fuji hard tail hard nose for under $200 on sale once and added a long seat post -I think the normal price is about $400 / 1.6″ wheels fat tire (I’m 6’7″ a bit over 201 cm)

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