A tough hardtail frame for the larger rider
I’m looking for a freeridey/all mountainey/insert generic new marketing phrase hardtail frame. Basically I’m looking for a burly hardtail frame that will happily take a clumsy, heavy rider who likes to do a bit of everything. I enjoy the climb as well as the descent so I’m looking for something of an allrounder. U-turn Pikes will be the fork used for it, so I can steepen the bike up for climbs and slacken for descents.Posted 9 years ago
The problem is I’m 6’4″ and all the burly hardtail frames seem to only go up to a 16 or 17″ size, whereas I’m looking for something in the 19″ region.
Max Budget is Â£450. Reading this back it seems like I’m asking for the moon on a stick, but any help greatly appreciated.clubberMember
I’m 6’5″ and 16.5 stone and had the same issue with tough frames being too small in their largest size. I went for a 20″ 456 and I’d say that it’d be spot on for what you want – cheap too – esp if you get a second hand one.
The SC Chameleon is the other obvious alternative but costs a lot more.Posted 9 years agoqwertyMember
Kona Hoss, 18″ & 22″ in stock Â£195.74
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6’5″ I ride DH as well as uphill, my 20″ 456 is the only bike I’ve ever owned that I haven’t broken (yet!) despite snapping my DH bike midseason and doing my very best to ride just as fast on my 456… it survived 8m+ long jumps and 2-3m drops. Oh and I rode up Pic du Canigou in the Pyrenees (1800m climb) Highly recomendedPosted 9 years agofreemanMember
Will be splitting my 07 Subzero in the v near future, its a 16″ but will handle riders around 6′ ish , its blue it comes with a Use sumo shockpost and hope QR, truvativ holzfeller cranks and a King headset all for the bargain price of Â£400……….. email me if you want some pics.Posted 9 years agocraig1975Member
SC Chameleon or the Cove Stiffee, I’m 6ft and 16stone and they where fine for me, I’m currently running a Chameleon. It is stiff as hell, maybe not so good for them all day treks, but totally fine for two or three hours, any more and my back dies, a solid steed
The cove stiffee is a well solid frame two, It is a little more forgiven, I love both frames, I wish i never punted my cove.Posted 9 years agoitchyMember
Dave – I have a large 2008 Chameleon in black, hardly used, which I am going to build up over the weekend and sell. Let me know your e-maiil address if you are interested in frame only and I’ll send some photo’s over with a few more details. Should have plenty of pennies left from your budget for some nice finishing kit! Where are you based by the way?Posted 9 years agopullfacesMember
GrumpyDavePosted 9 years ago
I’m 6’2″ and have the largest Pace hardtail – similar takisawa2’s above.
Its 19″ and only just large enough.
I had to find a 410mm seat post which is then extended to maximum for it to fit.
I would suggest you need a 20″ frame at least for those rides where you don’t drop the saddle.
My next frame will be 20″.FagusMember
Slight hijack, maybe. I’m 6’2″ and weigh 14 stone. I’m after a new hardtail for general cross country work. No fancy tricks, jumps, bumps etc, just solid riding. On the real rough stuff I’ll take the 575, but there are lots of rides where this is overkill. Was thinking of running something like 100mm Rebas on it.
I’ve been riding a 19″ Kona, but this is being relegated to general bumming about duties. Size is OK, but handling seems wooden, and although I won’t be throwing it around trail centres or off massive drops I want something a bit more lively.
Any of these potential sales suitable for this?Posted 9 years agoianpinderMember
alright, 6ft 4 and 25stone, i had a stiffee, amazing hardtail, i had mine in 19inch and felt about right with a 90mm stem, now ride a cove handjob and that is fine with my weight to tho i don’t jump it or do drop on it. I did however do long jumps and drops on my stiffee and would highly recommend it. I ould probably go for the 21 inch and run a short stem if i were you.Posted 9 years ago
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