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    Specialized - 6'8" and minor dilemma (not really)

    Looking for a new ride to replace my not-very-used '96 Y22.

    Checked out my LBS - they happen to have a new old stock '09 FSR Stumper in XL. Rode it, loved it, breaks the budget, but could theoretically convince SWMBO that I need it.

    Then I found out they also make it in an XXL - the XL felt really good, seat post was about to max, but have a yearning to go to the next size up.

    So, I'm back to looking at the Rockhopper 29er LTD, pro, or expert. I really like the component set on the LTD - not super impressed with the SRAM stuff - at least the X7 I saw.

    Any really tall guys running XL's?

    Thanks!

    Patrick

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    Quote Originally Posted by laxpatrick View Post
    Looking for a new ride to replace my not-very-used '96 Y22.

    Checked out my LBS - they happen to have a new old stock '09 FSR Stumper in XL. Rode it, loved it, breaks the budget, but could theoretically convince SWMBO that I need it.

    Then I found out they also make it in an XXL - the XL felt really good, seat post was about to max, but have a yearning to go to the next size up.

    So, I'm back to looking at the Rockhopper 29er LTD, pro, or expert. I really like the component set on the LTD - not super impressed with the SRAM stuff - at least the X7 I saw.

    Any really tall guys running XL's?

    Thanks!

    Patrick
    6'5" on a SJ FSR Exp. 29'er in XL. It fits pretty well. Initially I was right at the cross over between XL and XXL. I wondered if XXL would have been a better choice. However, I think XL is right for me as I've gotten used to my bike. You are 3" taller and I bet you would be happier with a XXL. If you can find a XXL somewhere I'd throw a leg over one and try it out. Specialized is having Demo days on their new 2012 bikes at various locations... Maybe they have an XXL you could try out...

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    Thanks for the thoughts - I appreciate it. Think the LTD is the way to go for me - seems like a good blend of components and I don't think it's worth going up to the Stumpjumper in my case (and the website doesn't show a 23 for the hardtails, which is odd...

    Think if I went less than the LTD, I'd always be thinking - "I shoulda gone with the LTD..." Anyone in that boat vs. the Stumpie? The FSR? Granted the FSR with The Brain was nice - but not 4K nice. The XL they had at the shop was a 2009 and they wanted 3K for it. Darn nice, but I gotta try the XXL...

    Thanks,

    Patrick

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    If you can, bring the Y-Bike to the shop and size it up next to an XL and XXL. I made a similar jump from an AMP B4 type copy in XL to a Niner XL. It is amazing how much larger the Niner is, makes the AMP look like a L or even a M.

    That said, if Niner made a XXL I'd give it try as the seat is maxxxxxed out on my Jet.

    Either way, I kind of envy you makeing that jump and getting back into the sport - you're going to have a great time and wonder why you ever left!

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    One more wrinkle I'm considering - Performance has their Access 9.9 on sale for 1599 - nice looking ride, comes with SRAM X9 components. I'm a Shimano guy traditionally, and I'm inclined to go with a bike that I can get fixed locally (former bike mechanic years ago). Have in otherwise narrowed down to the LTD or Pro - for the air shock difference. Wish the Pro came in something besides white - could be worse. Can't justify the extra $350 for the LTD... Can I?

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    I'm 6'8" / 225lbs and have been riding (seriously) about a year.
    I had purchased a Karate Monkey XL about 5 years ago, but never really took it to trails, then last year a friend helped spark a real interest and I immediately purchased a Spec SJ Expert XXL and about 5 months later I purchased a third bike, Spec SJ SS XXL. The SJ's are great do-all bikes and the XXL fits us taller guys better than most XL's. GF, Turner, Santa Cruz also have some XXL's
    In the near future, I'll be ordering a more racy carbon XXL, so will probably put my SJ Expert in the classifieds

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    Just ordered a SJ Comp 29er in Xtra huge... Frame and better components sold me. Now the tough part - waiting!!!

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