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    Which companies cater to the ridiculously tall?

    Which companies cater to the really tall, as in building a 23" or larger frame. I'm 6'8" and 260#s, looking to upgrade for 2013. I currently ride a 23" Specialized Hardrock, which only barely fits- The seat post has about 10" out and I've had to put a taller and longer stem & riser handlebar to make it so my hands don't go numb. I'm wondering what other oem's make bikes that will fit?

    So far, I know:
    Specialized
    Trek
    Zinn (way out of my range)

    what else?
    As an aside, i find it ironic that both the Santa Cruz "Tallboy" and anything made by Giant, are anything but made for the vertically enhanced...
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    Ventana makes 24" frames...made in USA so they're not cheap but they are less than a Zinn
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    Hey, we're like the same size exactly.

    I was riding a 21" Kona Munimula (26" Wheels) but broke the frame in 2 places and was looking at a new bike.

    For how I ride my short list was -

    Surly Ogre 24" - $1500
    Trek Superfly AI Elite 23"- $2500
    Specialized Stumpjumper 23"
    Giant XTC Carbon 22" - $2000
    Kona Big Kahuna 22" - $2300

    I ended up finding a 04 Hardrock Comp frame in a 24", spending only $350 total since my parts were all decent on my broken bike.

    When I do buy a bike I'm really leaning towards the steel surly. And definitely 29" wheels. The stance on the bike is just better. Where you've been perched on top of the bike, the feel with the 29" is you're in the bike..

    I've broken one too many Aluminum bikes to trust them. If I don't torque the back wheel or do the odd big jump there's just no point lol
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    Add Turner to the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    Add Turner to the list.
    Oooo didn't realise that Turner made the 5.Spot in a 2xl(23") size.
    It just jumped to the top of my list for my next fs build.
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    Yup, Ventana, Turner, Surly, and Specialized are about it. I have had plenty of bad luck with Trek/Fisher's full suspension rigs, so I would not recommend them. I am a little bit taller, and a little bit lighter than you and have custom bikes now. Things finally fit!

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    Lenz Sport also make an XXL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    Which companies cater to the really tall, as in building a 23" or larger frame. I'm 6'8" and 260#s, looking to upgrade for 2013. I currently ride a 23" Specialized Hardrock, which only barely fits- The seat post has about 10" out and I've had to put a taller and longer stem & riser handlebar to make it so my hands don't go numb. I'm wondering what other oem's make bikes that will fit?

    So far, I know:
    Specialized
    Trek
    Zinn (way out of my range)

    what else?
    As an aside, i find it ironic that both the Santa Cruz "Tallboy" and anything made by Giant, are anything but made for the vertically enhanced...

    uh... the XXL tallboy is as big as any of the stock bikes on your list. Giant, yeah, but it seems like a pretty typical asian company name, where they probably didn't really know what the word meant when they selected it.

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    Given you are one inch taller than me and 10lbs heavier, there are more variables than that if you are not comfortable on a 23" bike. I've just sold a 21" OnOne ScandAL and have a 23" Turner Sultan that is so comfortable it is silly. Look at your flexibility and other aspects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    uh... the XXL tallboy is as big as any of the stock bikes on your list. Giant, yeah, but it seems like a pretty typical asian company name, where they probably didn't really know what the word meant when they selected it.
    There is no XXL Tallboy in the current Santa Cruz lineup.

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    Home make an XXL

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    access at performancebikes.com makes a 29er in a 23" frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    There is no XXL Tallboy in the current Santa Cruz lineup.
    maybe you should inform santa cruz of that fact, they don't seem to be aware:
    Santa Cruz Bicycles TALLBOY CARBON

    oh, I see, they have the XXL in carbon but not metal. Which makes them the only company in the industry to have more sizes in carbon than aluminum. Weird.

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    A XXL Tallboy LTc version (long travel, carbon) is now, or soon will be, available to the public:

    Tallboy LTc XXL size now in the works (crossposted in 29er forum)
    Long live long rides

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    maybe you should inform santa cruz of that fact, they don't seem to be aware:
    Santa Cruz Bicycles TALLBOY CARBON

    oh, I see, they have the XXL in carbon but not metal. Which makes them the only company in the industry to have more sizes in carbon than aluminum. Weird.
    My guess is that it's possible to upsell a aluminum frame buyer into carbon, where it's highly unlikely that someone wanting carbon is going to go for aluminum. It's still odd that they opted not to produce a XXL.

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    I just picked up a 2012 XXL Carbon Tallboy directly from Santa Cruz in their clearance sale on the SC website for $1550! Has the CTD Kashima shock. They now have a five year warranty as well. I am 6'6"

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    I guess I overlooked it, assuming that superclydes would gravitate to aluminum over carbon- I never even looked at their carbon offerings.

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    Here's my XXL Tallboy LTc

    Which companies cater to the ridiculously tall?-photo.jpg


    I'm 6'9" and 270 fits and feels good!

    Way better picture.
    SC XXL Tallboy LTc
    Thanks Revolution!

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    Specialized
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    Holy hell your a big dude!!!!

    I'm 6'6, 190 pounds... I ride a Ventana El Comandante SS 22"
    Get on your bike and RIDE

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    Turner Sultan XXL. I'm 6'7" and 250lbs with a 40" standover. The bike is plenty big enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooTallUK View Post


    Turner Sultan XXL. I'm 6'7" and 250lbs with a 40" standover. The bike is plenty big enough.
    nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
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    Kona's 22" frames run really large for the size. It's their XXL.

    Kona Satori looks rad and is available in a 22" ST.

    Most of their bikes are available in XXL.

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