- If you are 6ft 4 inches tall what Full Suspension Bike Do you ride?
6’4″ and on a 21″ xl Sultan with 70mm stem and 780mm bars, feels perfect. Previously I had an xl dw 5 spot which was a good fit but not as good as the Sultan, also looked a bit stupid with a big frame and it’s silly little wheels. Before that always used to run large 19.5s or thereabouts as I was in the smaller is more nimble school of thought. Whilst there is some truth in that it just makes the bike too compromised 95‰ of the timePosted 4 years agofunkrodentSubscriber
CaptainSlow – Member
Turner xl would prob be a good fit for you – I’m riding a flux in that size and it’s perfect
I’ll second that. Not least because I’m about to put a 2011 iteration in XL on the market. Absolutely perfect trail centre bike and ideal for people who are 6’4″ (like me). Only being sold as I a) Need cash and b) my riding is much more focused on gnarly natural stuff in the Peaks and North Wales and it was being taken out of its comfort zone. Will be going for a competitively priced £995 with a good spec. Let me know if you are interested 🙂Posted 4 years agojacob46Member
No one on a giant anthem but tested XL 2 weeks ago and it felt good and very fast bike. I’ve fell in love with the new stumpy fsr. Best looking bike for 2500 if you like the stealth look. Sat on the large 29Er in shop but sales guy reckons I should try XL. Will be testing it on the demo day on 15th at cannock. Can’t wait.Posted 4 years agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
6′ 5″ and and XL Nicolai Helius AC. I’ve got 36″ inside leg. The XL size has got longer over the years on the XL and it’s only now with a TT of 635mm/Reach of 461mm that I’ve been able to drop to shorter than a 100mm stem (though I still ride fairly narrow bars). Shorter top tubes just don’t give me the space to move around on the bike (and I smack my knees on the brakes/shifters too often).
You really can’t judge anything from either a manufacturers size and on MTBs at all from the seat tube (which, with dropped top tubes doesn’t even give much idea of standover – it’s purely an indicator of how low you can drop the saddle and even that’s not relevant with dropper posts).
My experience is that most tall people ride a bike that’s too small. Saying that, on my first bikes I had a 21″ Marin Rocky Ridge the felt good but looked huge (pretty horizontal TT) followed by an Airborne Ti hardtail that I never got on with as it was too long (probably have been sorted out with a shorter stem/inline post/wider bars but it was a long time back). The XL Superlight that followed always felt spot on.Posted 4 years agoToastyMember
6’6″ here, with humongous legs. XXL Stumpjumper 29er and 22″ Orange Five 26er. Both fit really well, the Stumpy being the bigger of the two.
The bizarre thing is, you’d imagine tight switchbacks would be harder on a bigger bike, since swapping to bigger bikes I’m finding them drastically easier. Just having a bit more space over the bike makes a world of difference.
The XL Ibis Mojo I once had being the most tragic, very short wheelbase, I couldn’t climb or descend on it, very simple switchbacks I was embarressingly bad at. Lifting the front wheel was easy on the plus side! :/Posted 4 years agoMrs ToastMember
Personally I would think a test ride would answer most of the questions …
In my experience (of being a hobbit married to an ent), demo days and test fleets can be seriously limited when it comes to the smallest and largest sizes…
Which is funny, as this thread shows that tall chaps who enjoy biking aren’t exactly a rarity.Posted 4 years ago
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