Bicycle Mechanics - Weight Limit on Carbon Frames
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09-11-11, 06:35 PM
I'm a big guy who loves biking. I'm thinking about buying a carbon 29er for next summer but I can't help but wonder if there is a weight limit on carbon frames. The bike im thinking of getting is a Raleigh Talus 29 Carbon Elite.
There's no reason why carbon can't be used to make a bike for a heavy rider... just use more of it.
I'd be surprised if there isn't someone doing just that by now.
If not, then you could always just go by the weight of the frame... I'd say 1.5kg is heavy for a carbon frame.
As Kimmo says, it isn't a question of the material, but how much of it and how it's used.
Unfortunately for you, most carbon bikes are at the high end of the spectrum where designers rend to be very concerned with keeping weight to a minimum.
Most makers design around 180#s being near the high end of the weight range. So, if you weigh over 200#s, I suggest you check with the manufacturer as to whether any product is suited for your use.
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