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Posted: Feb 11, 2020 at 5:58 Quote
Trying to find brands that have sizing for pretty much 6'5" or 6'6" and up.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 at 7:26 Quote
Most companies use 6'6" as a tall end for their XL frames. A quick look shows Trek, Giant, Santa Cruz, and YT all say the XL frame is good up to 6'6". Mind you, I am looking at 29ers (assuming that's what you'd want being that tall). Transition says their XXL Sentinel is good for up to 6'8". I think at 6'6" you shouldn't have much trouble finding a bike.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 at 7:27 Quote
I'm 6'5" - 6'6" myself, so following this.

Santa Cruz Megatower XXL might be an option, advertised body lengt for XXL is 6'4" - 6'7". It's my favorite (looking) bike atm, but the not so enthousiast reviews are holding me back on this bike (and also the $$$).

YT Capra 29" XXL is also on the bigger side. They advertise it on there website as a bike for people between 6'2" & 6'6".

I think Geometron (correct me if wrong) has also bike for tall people, but I don't really like the look of their bikes so I haven't really looked at them.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 at 4:52 Quote

Best bike I’ve ridden ???? I’m 6”4 and on an xl. The xxl would be good for me.

Posted: Feb 15, 2020 at 21:04 Quote
At 6’5 I’m a bit tall myself. I have a 2019 trek slash 29er in Xl . Feels great! Frame doesn’t feel small, it’s actually a fairly long bike and the 29ers just round it off. I’d totally recommend one!!

Posted: Feb 16, 2020 at 0:56 Quote
Below is a data dump from my database of all trail / all-mountain / enduro bikes from the past fifteen years, showing bikes with a normalized reach of 535 mm or greater. "Normalized reach" is reach adjusted to a constant stack for the purpose of comparison. Don't worry about the exact reach numbers, as these will vary with the stack we choose for comparison; instead, just look at the differences between models, as these differences will be nearly consistent at different stacks.

As you can see, Nicolai are the longest, followed closely by the Pole Stamina. Nothing comes close to these two brands - even the second-largest Nicolai models are larger than almost anything else. The Trek Slash mentioned above is one of the smaller XLs among current models with a normalized reach of 485 mm - barely over the average size Large released in 2019.

Make Model Size Normalized Reach
Bionicon Slye Enduro XL 537
Bionicon Slye Trail XL 537
Guerrilla Gravity Shred Dogg XL 541
Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail XL 542
Guerrilla Gravity Trail Pistol XL 541
Guerrilla Gravity Smash XL 541
Kavenz VHP 16 XXL 551
Last Glen XXL 536
Nicolai Saturn 14 XXL 551
Nicolai Saturn 14 ST XXL 551
Nicolai G1 27 XL 550
Nicolai G1 27 XXL 573
Nicolai G1 29 XL 550
Nicolai G1 29 XXL 573
Nicolai Geometron 13 XL 541
Nicolai Geometron 13 XXL 571
Nicolai Geometron 16 XL 542
Nicolai Geometron 16 XXL 572
Pole Evolink 110 XL 536
Pole Evolink 131 XL 538
Pole Evolink 140 XL 547
Pole Evolink 158 XL 554
Pole Machine 160 XL 558
Pole Stamina XL 568
Santa Cruz Hightower XXL 538
Santa Cruz Megatower XXL 539

Posted: Feb 16, 2020 at 19:23 Quote
6'5" here. I ride a SC Megatower and a Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead. The Megatower feels like the sweet spot as far as bike fit for me.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 at 2:15 Quote
How does the RAAW Madonna V2 fit in terms of normalized Reach @R-M-R?

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 at 4:06 Quote
MaximumOfBass wrote:
How does the RAAW Madonna V2 fit in terms of normalized Reach @R-M-R?

532 at the same stack used for the previous chart. The stack I used is not necessarily relevant to you, so just look at the differences between normalized reaches, not the actual values.

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