Originally Posted by Marco
I had exactly the same problem. I am about 5'10" and my basement ceiling was also 7'. My elliptical had a maxiumum step up height of 14 inches. I placed it in the basement between the beams so that I had an actual 92" inches from floor to underside first level floor. I have had no problem. Plus the fact that you do lean a little forward when you use an ellitpical.
To find out the actual step up height, call (or email) the manufacturer or the support desk. Usually the number is on their web site .