Given that I’m nudging 200cm, I often find it hard to get a bike big enough without resorting to custom made frames. In light of this, I’ve put together this list of road and cyclocross bikes for tall people to make finding your next bike easier.
But first, let’s take a look at a few things you’ll want to consider before buying your bike.
I recommend getting a professional bike fit before buying a bike. Here’s my experience. At a cost of $100-300, a two or three hour consultation will have you set up perfectly on a stationary bike. The bike fitter will ask you questions like, what type of riding you do, how often you do it, and what your goals are.
The measurements that come out of your fit will allow you to be comfortable on your new bike, and provided you have stack/reach data, you’ll be able to use this resource to find your next bike!
Stack and Reach
Although you will find bikes with what manufacturers tout as large sizes, not all bikes measure up. Just take a look below, some “68cm” frames can actually be shorter than other “58cm” frames!
Stack and reach are the two measurements I use to compare bikes on an even playing field. They have their limitations, but are the best tool we have to compare frame sizing from various sources.
If your inseam is over 90cm (35″), you’re going to need to take a close look at the stack figures. With such a high seatpost, you’ll most likely need a tall front end to match.