Recommendation Needed:FS(?) Bike for Tall Guy Under $400?!

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Recommendation Needed:FS(?) Bike for Tall Guy Under $400?!

Postby newbigbiker » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:12 am

Hi All,

My first post in this forum! I read so many interesting posts here, so I decided to reach out to the community for recommendations before purchasing a bike.... :D

Here is what I am looking for:
- A large mountain bike - I am 6'4", 35 inseam, 36yr old
- 29" wheels
- I will be riding mostly in forest trails with the family in the Catskills, NY, nothing really extreme, but should still push the bike a little up and down the hills. Will also do some paved road riding.
- Since it will be mostly trail riding, I was thinking about getting a full suspension bike, but I could be talked out of it. (Edit: I am thinking now about hardtail options only)
- I would like to stay at around $300 with the price, but could go up to $400 with upgrades

I saw a lot of endorsements on this forum for XR-PRO and others, but I also read that they may be too small for taller riders.

I look forward to hearing your ideas. Thank you so much! I can't wait to start working on the bike! :geek: :geek: :geek:

Thank you!!!
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Re: Recommendation Needed:FS(?) Bike for Tall Guy Under $400

Postby Tomcat65 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:13 am
The XR-Pro is still $299.00 shipped to the WalMart of your choice.
A longer stem, seatpost, and a wider handlebar are going to go a long way toward making this bike fit a large frame rider.
Maybe later, a longer crank arm length..

A few other full suspension 29'ers are still available, and the same mods can be made for a better fit:
A step down from the XR-Pro, but worth a look, in my opinion.

I haven't seen anything about this one anywhere, but if you just want a full suspension for a more comfortable ride off road, this looks like a possibility.

At the bottom of the stack,
This Kent has a few bad reviews on other forums, but the biggest thing I see is how heavy it must be. The Kent Customer Service answers in the Wamart questions says it weighs 38.5lb. Maybe not bad for a steel frame full suspension bike.

Mongoose used to offer the Ledge 29'er, but I have not seen it lately.
Sears and some of the other department stores and sporting goods stores offer variations of these, and Diamondback offers an entry level full suspension bike in the $600.00 range at Dick's Sporting Goods:

Good luck hunting, and let us know what you do!
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Re: Recommendation Needed:FS(?) Bike for Tall Guy Under $400

Postby newbigbiker » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:33 pm

Thank you very much for the suggestions!
I spoke with a friend who does a lot of trail riding and we both agreed that for my price range I should go with a hardtail bike first. So my apologies about modifying this thread.
Also, I would rather get a bike that makes a large frame proportionally and I don't have to modify the seatpost, etc. I had been riding uncomfortable bikes in the past and just don't want to get into the same situation again.

Looking for a hardtail, XL bike options, what are the best choices given the budget?

I found a couple options and would love to get your feedback (as well as others):
1. Used Diamondback - Large, not XL - not sure if it will fit well - ... 7677588821
2. Motobecane 429HT - how are these bikes? ... ProdID=240
3. Motobecane 529HT - is this worth an extra $100? - ... ProdID=554
4. Motobecane Fantom29 Expert - is this better than 529HT? - ... expert.htm
5. Other?

Of the choices above, what would be your pick? Are there any other reasonably priced hardtails that I could get in large or XL?
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Re: Recommendation Needed:FS(?) Bike for Tall Guy Under $400

Postby craigo198 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:03 am

sorry but a longer crank arm length isn't going to work on an already low BB xr pro. You are 6'4" I wouldn't recommend the xr pro to you based on my experiences with it as a 6'3" rider and also with pacific cycle's lack of honoring 5 year frame warranty. Phantom29 would be my choice but I have no experience with it so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Diamondbacks are heavy.
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Re: Recommendation Needed:FS(?) Bike for Tall Guy Under $400

Postby bikesRfun » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:22 pm

I don't think he's going to get a NEW, DURABLE, LIGHTWEIGHT, full suspension bike, frame size XL, for under $400.

There's an old saying, "Durable, Lightweight, Inexpensive. Pick any 2".
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Re: Recommendation Needed:FS(?) Bike for Tall Guy Under $400

Postby jimmie65 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:29 pm

I'd go for one of the Motobecanes for 2 reasons -
First is you can get one in the right size. I'm 6' tall and the standard 29ers are sized right for me; they might be too short for you.
Second is that Motebecanes are durable as hell. I had a used one a while back - replaced the brakes but everything else stood up to my heavy ass, rough riding, and even time at the beach,
Current bbb bikes - Mongoose Beast, Iron Horse Yakuza 5.1, and an unknown fat BMX.
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