Mountain bike for tall riders guide

4 tips for tall bike riders before choosing a bike

No doubt, you need to feel comfortable on your bike to be able to enjoy riding to its fullest. A tall rider with an inadequate bike rig will sooner or later experience pain and discomfort; lower back pains and neck pains are commonly suffered by tall riders. Not to mention how badly it affects performance, leading to poor handling and control. 

So, what do we need to consider when choosing mountain bikes for tall guys? At AMS, we want to give you 4 tips that will make a big difference in your comfort and performance while riding.


Handlebar and grips

As a tall rider, you may choose wider handlebars and thicker grips that feel more comfortable. Grips are possibly one of the easiest and most important upgrades to ride comfortably. Our Berm grip’s tapered profile will fit a large hand size as your hand position moves out on the grip. Visit our grips section to check out all the available choices.

Frame fit makes a big difference

You should be on the lookout for a generously sized frame with an above-average from reach and proportional chainstays. Your frame configuration plays a major role in weight distribution which is especially important for tall riders. Keep in mind that when riding steep hills and descends, a rider’s weight moves back and forth quite significantly, so a frame that helps to equally distribute weight works best. 


Generously sized wheels

Very often 29” wheels are the recommended option for tall riders; The way that 29” wheels affect the geometry of the frame provides more comfort and a better fit; however, 27.5 are still an option for tall riders, so the best way to decide is to do some testing of your own.

Proper pedal and crank sizes

Getting proper pedal and crank sizes will help you avoid discomfort and pedal more efficiently. Usually, crank arms of at least 175mm work great for tall riders.  If you are using flat pedals make sure they provide enough support for your feet.


Top 3 bikes for 6 and 6´5 men

There are a variety of mountain bikes for tall guys on the market, but the process of finding the right one might be overwhelming. Let us help you narrow it down with these 3 top choices.

The SANTA CRUZ high tower XXL

A bestseller of the Santa Cruz bike lineup. This versatile MTB bike is a do-it-all that will offer you high performance and comfort due to its superior frame design and medium travel. The XXL frame has stack/reach dimensions that are appropriate for a tall rider.  

The KONA process 134 CR/DL 29 XL

A budget-friendly bike with an aluminum frame; the XL frame dimensions offer plenty of room for the tall rider. This mid-travel trail bike comes with big 29ers and will perform excellently on climbs and descents. 


A versatile choice that’s really capable of tackling even the most technical terrains. It is a mid-travel suspension bike with 29 big wheels. The frame configuration in either carbon or alloy provides enough for a tall rider.

Luckily, today is not hard to find a mountain bike for a tall guy. There are many options including hardtails, full suspension bikes, different frame geometries, and so on.

Most brands will have an XL or XL version of their frames with dimensions that will fit a tall rider; however, at the end of the day, It’s a matter of personal preference and the discipline you practice in MTB.

Once you find your future wife-bike, don't forget to protect it . Down here you have some suggestions for the bike frame protection.

Carles Carrera

Co-Founder, Product&Marketing

Carles' passion for Enduro MTB ignited the creation of AMS. Nowadays, you're more likely to find him speeding along scenic gravel paths, enjoying the thrill of his gravel bike.