current downhill bikes for tall riders

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Posted: Jun 7, 2019 at 8:25 Quote
Hi all what are the current downhill bike/frame options for tall riders? I am 193 cm tall, with an inseam of 93cm and a wingspan of 192cm (6' 4'' / 3' 0.6'' / 6' 3.6'' ). I have a 2015 Giant Glory XL which has a reach of 476mm (18.74') and a stack of 599mm (23.58'). Even with a 5mm reach adjust headset and 50mm stem I feel like I could use a bigger bike.

I've been searching for 2019 frames/bikes with at least 490mm (19.29') reach and 620mm (24.41') )stack and found these:

Santa Cruz v10 29 XL: reach 492, stack 641 (19.37', 25.23' )
Nicolai ION g19 XL: reach 495, stack 627 (19.49', 24.68') , or even custom geo
Commencal Supreme DH 29 XL: reach 495, stack 638 (19.49, 25.12')
YT Tues 27.5/29 XL: reach 505, stack 643 (19.89', 25.31' )

Any more suggestions?

Posted: Jun 8, 2019 at 16:04 Quote
Pivot phoenix has a crazy long reach for xl, i think 495

Posted: Jun 8, 2019 at 23:23 Quote
spaceofades wrote:
Pivot phoenix has a crazy long reach for xl, i think 495
Thanks but their website says reach is 48.21 cm (18.98 in) and stack 61.11cm (24.06 in).

I also found that the 2019 commencal Furious xl is slightly longer than the 2018 version, now with
485mm reach and 623mm stack. Falls 5 mm short of what I was looking for but may still work for me with the 50mm stem and reach adjust headset.

Posted: Jun 9, 2019 at 2:29 Quote
Lmao you will not notice 5 mm

Posted: Jun 16, 2019 at 19:30 Quote
I'm also 1.93 tall, my main issue for fit has been stack height. My Kona operator has 485 reach but only 629 stack. Having ridden the new xl YT, that did seem to feel more natural in it's stock configuration.

Posted: Jun 19, 2019 at 0:42 Quote
Doesn't Santa Cruz produce an XXL? Not 100% on that but thought I saw it somewhere, could be worth looking into.

Posted: Jun 19, 2019 at 6:50 Quote
Jonnysnow wrote:
Doesn't Santa Cruz produce an XXL? Not 100% on that but thought I saw it somewhere, could be worth looking into.

Not for the v10, and XL is only in 29er and not 27.5...

Posted: Jun 19, 2019 at 8:55 Quote
yzedf wrote:
I'm also 1.93 tall, my main issue for fit has been stack height. My Kona operator has 485 reach but only 629 stack. Having ridden the new xl YT, that did seem to feel more natural in it's stock configuration.

I've looked at the operator as well. Do you get understeering (trouble getting enough weight on the front wheel) with the short chain stays?

Posted: Jun 19, 2019 at 9:13 Quote
Aptlynamed wrote:
yzedf wrote:
I'm also 1.93 tall, my main issue for fit has been stack height. My Kona operator has 485 reach but only 629 stack. Having ridden the new xl YT, that did seem to feel more natural in it's stock configuration.

I've looked at the operator as well. Do you get understeering (trouble getting enough weight on the front wheel) with the short chain stays?

Only when I start getting tired/lazy. It's a bike that I either have a really good day or a tight riding at the edges day. It's definitely better at the flowy park stuff than the hardcore double black tech.

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 at 5:13 Quote
I took a look at Lee McCormack size/setup method (using what he calls RAD and RAAD).

https://www.pinkbike.com/u/leelikesbikes/blog/

My current setup actually only falls 1cm short of his recommendation. It makes sense for a DH bike to increase stack as opposed to increase reach to get the needed space to move around. Though having a slightly longer frame would allow me to use a shorter stem, so I can have the grips closer to the steering axle, which would improve handling.

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