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    6'7 230lbs Got my first adult MTB Diamondback Recoil 29er

    So my big self (6'7 230lbs spent highschool playing Bball and college working so I haven't ridden a bike seriously since I was a teenager. As a full grown adult, I've taken a few rides that end up pretty painful as I cram onto a loaned out small frame bike. I did spent one weekend on a rental full suspension XL frame bike in Sedona AZ and had the time of my life. I swear I was climbing mountains with my bad knees. So ever since then I've had my eyes on a full suspension MTB. Then come the 29ers and my father in law got me the diamondback recoil... only problem, they don't make it in an XL frame so I'm high enough off the ground but I'm still a bit squished. I got a 3 1/2" stem riser and will be taking my first 10mi test.

    So stoked to go for a ride next weekend in Red Rocks Canyon near Vegas.

    What do I need to know?

    What could I possibly compare to other bikes? Any tall dudes have recommendations for bikes in the $1,000 range if I need to trade up after this test? I could buy used too....

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    In that price range for your size, I'd probably skip the FS for now, or if you're heart's set on one and you've got some decent mechanical aptitude and maybe a friend that knows something about mountain bikes, check out the local used market.

    Also, check out the Clydesdale subforum for more specific recommendations for big'n'tall riders.
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    Disclaimer: I work with a Trek dealer so am only posting this link because of immediate familiarity with brand and sizing:

    https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/b...colorCode=grey

    A bike like the X-Cal 8 is well spec'd for just over $1k AND comes in a XXL 23" size frame which would (should) be a much better fit, and therefore comfortable ride for you. Most of the bigger brands offer frames in sizing that will be proportionally sized for you, at a budget of $1k they will be hardtails.

    A properly sized HT frame will still give you more "smiles for miles" than a poorly fitting FS frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Also, check out the Clydesdale subforum for more specific recommendations for big'n'tall riders.
    Werd. Thank you very much. Heading over there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob View Post
    A properly sized HT frame will still give you more "smiles for miles" than a poorly fitting FS frame.
    Cool. Checking it out. You know the curse... I can't go backwards to hardtail now that I have a FS. Just have to fork over that cash.... Thanks for the link.

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    Check out the marin hawk hill... $1,500 full suspension
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    6'6 225lbs here....the XXL offerings from Santa Cruz are right up your alley...if one has the means...there's hardly a substitute for a proper sized bike.

    Most companies size XL are still woefully small for someone your height.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_joe View Post
    Check out the marin hawk hill... $1,500 full suspension
    Only for riders up to 6'4?

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