are 165 cranks too small for tall rider

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5/13/2020 5:01 AM

i have 175's on just now but when it comes time to change i would like to go smaller. i cant see there being great difference between 175 and 170 (or maybe even 165) but i wouldnt want to spend money on new cranks and regret not getting the right size. im 6'2 so is there any tall people riding 165's?

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5/13/2020 5:55 AM

I'm 6' and have ridden/ride both 170's and 160's. You can ride either (or in-between) if you want. I will say this, with the 170's, I run a 28/9 gearing. I get the same "feel" from a 25/9 with the 160's. Right now (I just started riding the 160's), I am really digging the feel of my bike with the 160's. I can't say why, exactly, as I stumbled upon the gearing feel I mentioned on accident. So, to me, it is a similar size to size comparison (granted, they are different frames). Anyway, I'm sure you would be fine on 165's.

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5/13/2020 7:04 AM

Mishinn_Control wrote:

I'm 6' and have ridden/ride both 170's and 160's. You can ride either (or in-between) if you want. I will say this, with the 170's, I run a 28/9 gearing. I get the same "feel" from a 25/9 with the 160's. Right now (I just started riding the 160's), I am really digging the feel of my bike with the 160's. I can't say why, exactly, as I stumbled upon the gearing feel I mentioned on accident. So, to me, it is a similar size to size comparison (granted, they are different frames). Anyway, I'm sure you would be fine on 165's.

i mainly wanting good peg clearance and making spins easier would be nice too. good to hear you run 160's and dont feel they are to small think ill go with the 165, thanks for helping

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5/13/2020 7:33 AM

I’m 6’1 and 170’s feels perfect.
A few years ago I was in the same boat as you are now, rode 175 forever and curious to try shorter, 160’s wasn’t a thing yet so I had to choose 165 or 170’s.
I played safe with 170’s because it wouldn’t be that much different in case it was wrong, and it felt just enough different to feel perfect and have advantages of both long and short cranks (better manual and hop feel, also easier to catch the seat on bars and better switch spins, yet perfect pedaling and stability).
I tried 165’s on a friends bike once and that felt weird, really small, I wish I could try one on my bike, maybe I would like it even better than the 170 after a little adjustment period but I’m really not sure.
Maybe for a full street tech build, but even if mostly ride tech I also like to go fast, jump and be burly so... I don’t know which would suit you best.

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5/13/2020 3:15 PM

6'3" and also rode 175's for forever, but went to 165's last year. Honestly the difference in feel was barely noticeable... lol

I did stop hitting the back of my shoe on my rear axle nut, though (main reason why I made the size change).

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5/13/2020 5:03 PM

I'm 5'11" and ride 160mm

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5/13/2020 5:51 PM

I ride 160mm it gives me extra leg room up front and peg clearance, even at 5’9” that extra bit helps a lot with being able to compact my bike more going from 21” with 170mm to 20.8 with 160mm cranks



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5/14/2020 4:06 AM

Francky wrote:

I’m 6’1 and 170’s feels perfect.
A few years ago I was in the same boat as you are now, rode 175 forever and curious to try shorter, 160’s wasn’t a thing yet so I had to choose 165 or 170’s.
I played safe with 170’s because it wouldn’t be that much different in case it was wrong, and it felt just enough different to feel perfect and have advantages of both long and short cranks (better manual and hop feel, also easier to catch the seat on bars and better switch spins, yet perfect pedaling and stability).
I tried 165’s on a friends bike once and that felt weird, really small, I wish I could try one on my bike, maybe I would like it even better than the 170 after a little adjustment period but I’m really not sure.
Maybe for a full street tech build, but even if mostly ride tech I also like to go fast, jump and be burly so... I don’t know which would suit you best.

think ill try the 165's i seen somewhere that david grant rides them so it cant be that bad. ive seen him in person and he must be about 6'6

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5/14/2020 4:07 AM

Bryan91 wrote:

6'3" and also rode 175's for forever, but went to 165's last year. Honestly the difference in feel was barely noticeable... lol

I did stop hitting the back of my shoe on my rear axle nut, though (main reason why I made the size change).

yeah i only have 3 pegs atm coz im scared of dying on the rear peg so that would be the main reason

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5/14/2020 12:39 PM

Damn you guys I’m on a 21.25 with 175s and feel like 165s would be like riding a little kids bike haha. I wish I didn’t have to spend 150+ for 165s to try them out otherwise I would. 170 sounds like a waste of time I’d go all in or not at all if I was looking at the short crank advantage

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5/14/2020 12:53 PM

6ft, size 12 shoes, 12.75 CS..

I couldn't run back pegs until I switched to 160 cranks.. Totally love the switch..

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5/14/2020 1:12 PM

jboozer4 wrote:

Damn you guys I’m on a 21.25 with 175s and feel like 165s would be like riding a little kids bike haha. I wish I didn’t have to spend 150+ for 165s to try them out otherwise I would. 170 sounds like a waste of time I’d go all in or not at all if I was looking at the short crank advantage

That's what I'm running, 170s with 21.25 tt, 13.25 cs. Hit my back foot on my axle less often than when I had 175. No chance I'd run a peg by my back foot, all it would take is for my bars to slip as I slipped a pedal and that'd be it.

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5/14/2020 1:29 PM

jboozer4 wrote:

Damn you guys I’m on a 21.25 with 175s and feel like 165s would be like riding a little kids bike haha. I wish I didn’t have to spend 150+ for 165s to try them out otherwise I would. 170 sounds like a waste of time I’d go all in or not at all if I was looking at the short crank advantage

4130Junkie wrote:

That's what I'm running, 170s with 21.25 tt, 13.25 cs. Hit my back foot on my axle less often than when I had 175. No chance I'd run a peg by my back foot, all it would take is for my bars to slip as I slipped a pedal and that'd be it.

I rocked the 175s on a 13.05 back end BTM, the peg didn’t bother me but I only wear 10.5’s. Took a few minutes to rock my foot up to get past the peg compared to my 13.5ish bsd I had before that but otherwise didn’t notice a thing! I don’t think I’d run 4 pegs either though, honestly don’t like grinding enough for that haha. Switch back foot pedal feeble stalls to 270 out is all I do on that side anyways

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