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#1 2012-03-13 9:52am

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Tall & Old flatland rider

This is probably a frequent question here, but can anyone recommend a good bike to get back into riding for a tall (6'3") and old (36) guy?  I was GT man back in the day, but gather the current opinion is that they are junk now. 

Any recommendations?  Love this site!


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#2 2012-03-13 10:02am

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

My buddy is 41 and 6'3" and is a pretty accomplished flatlander. He rides a Hoffman.


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#3 2012-03-13 10:08am

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

Kurt_Rad wrote:

My buddy is 41 and 6'3" and is a pretty accomplished flatlander. He rides a Hoffman.

Yeah what he said Strowler make a 19.5 or 19.75 cant remember full on 4130. Are you looking to ride around or do flat?


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#4 2012-03-13 10:11am

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#5 2012-03-13 10:19am

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As an aging, (33 years old) 6 foot tall, 225lb guy I found the it is best to have an Old School bike to show or cruse around on but it you want to do tricks and stuff I'd recommend a New School bike. Not saying you'd have issues with an Old School bike but I know if I busted a New School bike I'd be less pissed off than if I busted my Old school bike. I really like the 2004 yellow and black Haro Backtrail X2 I use to ride. I found it to be a great rider and an awesome bike for dirt jumps. I am also looking into a Hoffman SD-4. I like the idea of bigger axles and sealed bearings under me when I land my fat a$$ from 4+ feet in the air.


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#6 2012-03-13 10:25am

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

Flat mostly.


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#7 2012-03-13 10:26am

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I'd definitely go new school with a 20.75 or 21 inch TT


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#8 2012-03-13 10:31am

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Any manufacturers in particular to target?


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#9 2012-03-13 10:37am

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Im 6'2 43 learning on a 20.5 tt with a 13" chain stay plus or minus a little and 32mm stem. Going with a bigger bike only makes it less responsive. Todays bikes are all about the geometry and rider owned companys are the best bet. Go out and try a few bikes first.


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#10 2012-03-13 11:09am

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

Thanks for the input/advice everyone.


"Maybe unlearning the concept of impossible is the key to exploring the mind even further."--Brian Tunney, E Lot--A Flatland Short


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#11 2012-03-13 11:18am

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Difficult to find a n/s flatland bike with tt over 20" isn't it? hmm


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#12 2012-03-13 12:24pm

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

I'm surprised to see in the specs of some old GT bikes, that the top tube length was in the 18-19" range.  At least that's on that I saw in the museum on an '87 Pro Freestyle Tour.  I could have sworn they were longer than that at the time.


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#13 2012-03-13 1:58pm

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

starkos wrote:

This is probably a frequent question here, but can anyone recommend a good bike to get back into riding for a tall (6'3") and old (36) guy?  I was GT man back in the day, but gather the current opinion is that they are junk now. 

Any recommendations?  Love this site!

i'm gonna go against the grain and say you may wanna try 24" flatland.  i'm riding a DK General Lee in this video. (6'1" about to turn 38).  other guys ride the Sunday Model C.

http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www. … 3lNttucWnw

if you do want 20"s and not 24".... i say go for an all-around street/park/trails complete.  the flatland specific bikes are so tiny and twitchy these days.




starkos wrote:

I'm surprised to see in the specs of some old GT bikes, that the top tube length was in the 18-19" range.  At least that's on that I saw in the museum on an '87 Pro Freestyle Tour.  I could have sworn they were longer than that at the time.

yep !!
they were short in the front and long in the back.  that's why everyone rode their bars vertical or tilted forward--to give more knee room.


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#14 2012-03-13 2:27pm

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Huh . . .interesting . . .I never would have thought of a 24".  Impressive video too.  Thanks!


"Maybe unlearning the concept of impossible is the key to exploring the mind even further."--Brian Tunney, E Lot--A Flatland Short


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#15 2012-03-13 10:09pm

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

cmc wrote:

starkos wrote:

This is probably a frequent question here, but can anyone recommend a good bike to get back into riding for a tall (6'3") and old (36) guy?  I was GT man back in the day, but gather the current opinion is that they are junk now. 

Any recommendations?  Love this site!

i'm gonna go against the grain and say you may wanna try 24" flatland.  i'm riding a DK General Lee in this video. (6'1" about to turn 38).  other guys ride the Sunday Model C.

http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www. … 3lNttucWnw

if you do want 20"s and not 24".... i say go for an all-around street/park/trails complete.  the flatland specific bikes are so tiny and twitchy these days.




starkos wrote:

I'm surprised to see in the specs of some old GT bikes, that the top tube length was in the 18-19" range.  At least that's on that I saw in the museum on an '87 Pro Freestyle Tour.  I could have sworn they were longer than that at the time.

yep !!
they were short in the front and long in the back.  that's why everyone rode their bars vertical or tilted forward--to give more knee room.

Dude I think I seen you shredding a 24 at The OG. Was that you at the Chase Gouin Jam?


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#16 2012-03-13 10:44pm

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

hey dude. Im 6' 5' and i ride a custom s&m intrikat with the top tube and rear triangle extended to 21.5 and 14". Prior to that i had a hoffman strowler and it was just way to cramped. Most guys say to keep the frame short for flatland, but most guys riding flatland arent ogres like you and me haha. I felt like i was trying to ride a bears circus tricycle on the strowler. I love my S&m. Honestly i wish i would have went with the 22 top tube. Big dudes need more room. Or you can ride a rl20ii if you want to keep it old school Thats a big bike.

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#17 2012-03-13 11:02pm

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Re: Tall & Old flatland rider

dannygrizzly166 wrote:

hey dude. Im 6' 5' and i ride a custom s&m intrikat with the top tube and rear triangle extended to 21.5 and 14". Prior to that i had a hoffman strowler and it was just way to cramped. Most guys say to keep the frame short for flatland, but most guys riding flatland arent ogres like you and me haha. I felt like i was trying to ride a bears circus tricycle on the strowler. I love my S&m. Honestly i wish i would have went with the 22 top tube. Big dudes need more room. Or you can ride a rl20ii if you want to keep it old school Thats a big bike.

PRECISELY THIS.......I am 6 foot tall, 200lbs and just turned 40.....I tried riding the new school bikes, even built a custom one for me but it was still too small, so you know what I did? Went back to a frame I know and love, 1986 Redline RL20II.....fits me perfectly with a 20.5" top tube and much more stable 14.75" slammed rear chainstay. Not too mention the 10" seat tube height, more room for old school stuff like cherrypickers.

Here it is....riding pics on page 3:

http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=399272

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o135/diabloDM/1986%20RL20II%20build%20Feb%2019%202012/1.jpg


Be warned though, if you choose to build an RL20II it won't be cheap.


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#18 2012-03-14 6:37am

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It's funny you guys mention the RL20II. . .for some reason, I vividly recall a bike review in "Freesytlin' " or later "Go" of a Redline bike in which they stated, "If you are over six feet tall, buy this bike."  I don't remember what model it was, but I'm sure it was Redline. 

I still hold out hope that somewhere at my parents' house, is my big box of old "Freestylin" issues.  I know I saved them all, but don't know what happened to them.


"Maybe unlearning the concept of impossible is the key to exploring the mind even further."--Brian Tunney, E Lot--A Flatland Short


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#19 2012-03-14 8:33am

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Trevor Meyer used to ride 20.5 and 21"tt street/park bikes (like the Powerlite) and later, GT's....  And he had custom tall bars--which back then people made fun of.  Which was stupid, because not only do people ride tall bars now... but back then Trevor had every right to set up a bike that actually worked for him.

http://insider.espn.go.com/xgames/summerx99/gallery/990630/slide1.jpg

http://www.23mag.com/events/xg/xg97mt.jpg

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4107/4959695407_311c878b13_z.jpg


20", 22", 24", and 26" !

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