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Posted: Apr 7, 2013 at 22:19 Quote
So here's the deal: I've been riding XC most of my life, but now I'm looking to get a little air time. However, my hunt for a swanky new DJ set up is complicated by the fact that I'm 6'7". I was wondering if anyone had any leads of who makes the largest DJ bikes. I've seen a few companies with 23" top tubes, does anyone go bigger without going custom? Looking for a 26er definitely, otherwise the biggest frame you can think of. Any input is appreciated, especially from other larger riders who have their set up dialed, thanks!

Posted: Apr 7, 2013 at 22:25 Quote
just look into a stout bikes frame. custom geo and not any more expensive than a regular frame

Posted: Apr 8, 2013 at 9:46 Quote
I agree on the Stout.

The Transition Trail or Park (Large, 23" tt) feels very roomy. My buddy is 6'4" ish, it fits him great. I'm 6'1" and I like it as well.

When riding DJ bikes your weight is mostly centered over the cranks. There are some 6'6" guys like Haro rider Phil Sundbaum (Google his videos) who ride regular shorter bikes (he even rode Bmx 20" before that). If you've been riding XC your whole life, you might not be used to how small/compact a DJ bike typicall feels. It's a different stance. In order for the bike to be maneuverable in the air, it has to be shorter than a typical XL xc bike...

But I agree though, it's important to have good bike fit. I'm not sure you need to go any longer than 23"- 23.5". But I don't know, that's up to you.
I've noticed that when you make a bike longer, you also need to get the bars taller to balance out the stance, so you're not leaned too low/forward.
4" rise bmx cruiser bars can work really well. Google Immortis Bucket bars 4"...

Also note that top tube length is not the whole story. Seat tube angle can make a massive difference....The real issue is where your bottom bracket is compared to where your hands are, when standing. See this thread:
https://www.pinkbike.com/forum/listcomments/?threadid=126485
and
http://forums.mtbr.com/urban-dj-park/dj-top-tube-length-681703.html

Here are several shots of the Immortis bars:
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Posted: Apr 10, 2013 at 12:31 Quote
Banshee Amp has a 23.8" toptube.

Posted: Apr 14, 2013 at 11:20 Quote
this may or may not help . . . . but watch some Phil Sundbaum video sections. he's like 6'5" or 6'6". note how he centers his stance over the rear triangle of the bike.
so you need less room than on a cross country bike.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w48ihEbpPLE

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Posted: Apr 15, 2013 at 18:40 Quote
Thanks for the input guys! It's been super helpful. The custom frames look like an awesome option for down the road. Right now I'm looking at this bike:
https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1306058/
It seems to be about the best build I'll find without going custom, and it's right here in my town. No cross continent shipping FTW. As I progress in the sport I'll definitely start putting money away to go custom though. I've had to do that with my skis, and I fully expect to go that route with my bikes too.

Posted: Apr 15, 2013 at 18:50 Quote
reelbigsteeze wrote:
Thanks for the input guys! It's been super helpful. The custom frames look like an awesome option for down the road. Right now I'm looking at this bike:
https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/1306058/
It seems to be about the best build I'll find without going custom, and it's right here in my town. No cross continent shipping FTW. As I progress in the sport I'll definitely start putting money away to go custom though. I've had to do that with my skis, and I fully expect to go that route with my bikes too.

Looks good that should work great.

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