Bikes for Big Guys
The Draft is our workhorse. An all around gravel road bike with hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano 105 components, Enve Carbon fork and handbuilt bombproof wheels. This bike is made for long road and gravel rides, commuting to work, touring across the country, fitness riding, and even racing road or cyclocross. These titanium bikes for big guys are built super tough and come in L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, and 4XL for riders from 5’10” to 7′. The Draft comes with proportional length cranks for optimal pedaling efficiency, and extra wide handlebars to fit broad shoulders. The wheels are custom built right here at our shop in Boulder, Colorado using our own Clydesdale hubs that are rated for riders up to 450lbs! We build these wheels using 36 DT swiss competition double butted spokes per wheel and DT swiss brass pro-lock nipples to keep your wheels true for many miles. Each wheel is precision built by professional wheelbuilders in our shop using high-tech spoke wrenches, wheel building stands, and spoke tension meters.
Available Sizes: L, XL, 2XL/3XL/4XL
The Draft – Gravel Bike
Shimano 105 drivetrain and shifters
Shimano 105 hydraulic disc brakes
Andel 200mm or 210mm crankset
Enve All-Road carbon fork
Clydesdale 36h hubs
Velocity Dyad Rims with DT Swiss competition spokes
2×11 speed gearing and STI levers
Superb braking power and control
XXL/200mm XXXL/210mm XXXXL/210mm
38mm tire clearance
Rated for up to a 450lb rider
Custom laced in-house for maximum durability
Handmade titanium frame
T47 threaded bottom bracket shell
44mm internal diameter headtube
31.6mm seatpost diameter
40mm tire clearance
Rear rack and fender mounts
Flat mount disc brake tabs
Built for riders up to 450lbs/204kg
Compatible with all cranks on the market
Compatible with all tapered forks
34.9mm outside ST diameter for seatpost clamp and front derailleur clamp
35mm tire clearance with fender
Compatible with most racks and fenders
160mm max rotor size front and rear
all measurements in milimeters
|Rider Height||Frame Size||Bike weight||*Stack/Reach||TT||Stem||HT||SO||BB Height||CS||Crank Length||HB width|
|5’10” – 6’2″||L||23lbs||621/400||590||120||215||831||285||450||180||460|
|6’1″ – 6’4″||XL||23.5lbs||640/403||605||120||235||849||285||450||190||460|
|6’3″ – 6’7″||XXL||24lbs||654/424||630||130||260||876||295||450||200||470|
|6’6″ – 6’9″||3XL||24.5lbs||691/427||645||130||310||920||305||450||210||480|
|6’9″ – 7’0″||4XL||25lbs||715/434||660||130||335||952||305||450||215||480|
|* Due to higher bottom bracket design for long cranks, Stack and Reach numbers can not be compared directly with other bikes that are not built for custom length cranks.|
There are many more factors to building a big and tall bike than most people understand. It is not as simple as just scaling up a “normal” sized frame and calling it good. When you do that, several things happen to the bike. First, the stretched out tubes become less stiff, which results in high speed frame shimmy. This is a scary by-product of a poorly designed bike. Second, the added material makes the bike heavier, especially if the builder tries to solve problem number one with just using bigger heavier tubes. Third, without a fork with a long enough steering tube, the handlebars will be far too low for the tall cyclist causing discomfort in the back, neck, wrists, and arms. Fourth, building a bike for a tall rider with average length cranks will make the rider feel like he’s pedaling a kids bike while sitting up very high. Lennard has developed great frame design concepts to address and solve all of these issues and more, which are all fully applied in the designs of Clydesdale Bikes. A Clydesdale bike designed by Lennard Zinn will be stiff and strong, while remaining lightweight. It will never shimmy at high speeds, and all of the components, including cranks and handlebars, will be proportional to the rider. Fit, performance, comfort, and durability will all be superior on a Lennard Zinn designed bike than a big and tall bike from any other designer out there. We guarantee it.
ORDER A BIKE NOW
Excited about your new bike? You can place an order for the Clydesdale Draft at Bigandtallbike.com or you can email or call us to discuss details or place an order via phone or email. If you don’t know which size you need, please submit your measurements using the link below and we will help figure out which bike is best for you. We are here to answer your questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Titanium is half the weight of steel, so we can build Clydesdale Bikes for big guys with larger diameter tubing with a frame still lighter than steel. Larger diameter tubing provides greater strength and stiffness for greater power transfer, yet still with amazing compliance for a comfortable ride that doesn’t beat up your body over a long trek.
Titanium has enough strength and fatigue resistance to avoid the need for extremely oversized tubes, providing a compliant ride on rough surfaces that smooths out and absorbs road buzz and small bumps. Steel frames, with their smaller tubes, can be almost as compliant, but aren’t quite as comfortable.
Titanium can never corrode, unlike other metals. It can be painted or – unlike steel or aluminum – can be left without paint, powdercoat or plating, so you never need to worry about scratches. Internal cable routing is simple because the insides of the tubes are naturally impervious to rust and corrosion. Unlike aluminum, titanium has a fatigue limit, so as long as the tubing is not stressed beyond this limit or damaged, it will never fatigue. Titanium can also flex three times further than aluminum and twice as far as steel without permanent damage. Carbon fiber is very vulnerable to crash and notch damage, after which it may fail catastrophically. The epoxy matrix also degrades over the years with exposure to the UV in sunlight. A titanium frame can literally last the rest of your life, and longer.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have about Clydesdale Bicycles. If you don’t see the type of bike you are looking for, email us and let us know what types of bikes you would like to see in the Clydesdale line up. We will be adding new models every year until we are covering every corner of the big and tall bicycle market.