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    Test Ride of the XXL Turner Sultan

    Cross-posted from 29ers as I'm sure other tall guys would find some use in a test ride of a 23" bike for a 6'7" tall guy:

    Right – a few words about my test ride of the Turner Sultan – XXL (23” frame) ridden. I’m 6’7” tall, weigh in at 250lbs, so a rare treat to actually get to test ride a bike of this size!
    I was in the USA visiting family and found out that Competitive Cyclist were 200 miles from my mother in law – then that they were 25 miles from my brother in law! When they confirmed they had an XXL Sultan on the test fleet, I tweaked our visit so I could get there and ride. A massive thanks to Ryan and the guys at CS – made me feel really welcome, nothing was too much bother and the directions to the trails very accurate. So, on a day of high 90s temperatures and humidity, I rode a genuine monster truck of a bike.

    Initially, the bike looks right at that size – even 29er haters would have to agree on that one



    It always helps when something looks right. I’d have wider bars, but the rest felt pretty good. Initial mile on tarmac was smooth and almost no pedal bob even when trying. It felt like it picked up speed more than my own 29er and really span along with little effort. Once I found the singletrack (twisty, turny, up & down, rooty, rocky) I could give it a blast.

    The bike really responded well from the off. I noticed the sharp steering straight away and this continued as a theme throughout. I guess this goes with the newer geometry of the bike and the forks and I loved it. As expected, 29er wheels with 2.3 tyres on just ate up the trail (but the clearance is there on the frame)



    and rolled over small stuff without it registering. The suspension added to that so much that I could remain seated for far more of the ride and pile on the pedalling - which led to me having to stop as my lungs couldn’t cope with full on riding in that heat and humidity! When not drinking water, I played with the air in the sus – dropping the pressure a little bit to feel how the bike would be when sitting further down. It was better for pointing it down hills but still rode very well overall.

    I did my best to throw it around and the stiffness was noticeable – even my tubby ass couldn’t force any flex in the frame or the wheels and that added to the growing confidence in the bike. I did my best to put myself in awkward positions with the bike (oo-er) and it never flickered – held the line, responded and climbed superbly – standing or seated. The front end felt a little light, but with 20mm more travel than my own bike I expected that

    Overall, I got the ride down to this:

    In the ‘forward, up and down’ directions, this felt like a great 29er with all the advantages that brings. In the ‘left, right, turny’ directions, this felt like a great 26er with all the responsiveness that brings. The competent suspension ate up so much of the smaller stuff and enabled me to pedal more, which in turn made me ride quicker – so I wanted to push faster. I hope this is a good thing – it may end up hurting more!
    Yes – I’ll be buying one – but I have some things to sell and trips to unfortunate places to make first – before 2010 I hope!



    I was suffering by the time this picture was taken - sweating like a fat lass in a chocolate factory and breathing was laboured! Not my optimum riding temperature.

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    Hi, cheers for the review helps us fellow brits. I'm looking to buy a sultan in the future or maybe a mach429 and I was wondering how you found the top tube fit and what length stem you had? I'm 6ft 6in and the same weight as you but i'm unsure if I would need an xl or xxl.

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    nice bike

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    volition - it all depends on your leg length compared to your upper body and your arm length too. I think that was a fairly short-ish stem - 70 or 90mm perhaps. The effective TT is touted as about 26". My standover (ground to crotch) is 40" so I have proportional body to legs - I know some tall guys are either all torso or all legs. That would impact on the standover of frame you could get away with. I also have very long arms and need to buy 38" sleeve shirts.
    I personally would have some really wide bars on that bike as I feel more comfortable on them now.
    Look at that seatpost - that frame wasn't borderline for me at all, and the TT could have been over 1" longer and felt fine to me. You sound pretty close to XXL to me.

    If you are near Cambs / Lincs (until end of July) or Bristol (Aug on) you can try my On One ScandAL for a comparative size and see how far off my 'size' you are that way.

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    I took a look at the sultan set up thread on the turner forum and from that and what you have said I would be an xxl. Thought I probably would be but when you can't try the bike for size your never quite sure and i've made some expensive mistakes before. Thanks for the advice and the offer to try your bike. Look forward to seeing your build.

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    Nice write up..I am 6'5" with a 36 inseam. I just finished building a Titus Racer X size XL. Must say that I wish I had looked into getting a XXL. My arms are about 36" too. I really don't want to ride this bike becasue I am considering selling it and build an XXL instead or a 29:er..any advise would be greatly appreciated.


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    Those XXL "sasquatch" size frames are huge. At 6'3" there aren't many bikes that feel too big. When I tool around on my 6'5" friends XXL it makes me feel a bit small. Definitely a cool option for the big guys
    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine
    that's the stupidest idea this side of pinkbike.

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