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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-06-07, 02:01 PM   #1
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Bike Sugestions Please

I am in the market for a Mountain Bike and looking for the best I can afford in the $700-$1200 range. I am a big guy, 325 lbs, so need something that can stand up to my size.

I will do mainly dirt road and some trail riding for excersise.
Thanks in advance to any advice.
(besides I should have been riding before I got to 300 lbs)
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Are you sure you want a mountain bike and not a trail bike? I've seen a few posts where people have gotten a true mountain bike and then were unhappy with it; the mountain bike is slower and geared for less speed/distance. In exchange, it can climb almost anything and handle really rough terrain.

If you plan on sticking on old "rail trails" (converted railroad track lines) and dirt roads, you may well do better with a trail bike.
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Old 07-06-07, 02:07 PM   #3
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That may fit me needs perfect, what are some example of trail bikes. Sorry for being clueless.
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I should add some of the RR grades I am talking about are not converted, the gravel bed that rolls through the woods. I used to own a Trek 6700 that I liked alot, but there may be better options now.
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The two brand names that come to mind first off is Specialized and Kona.

Kona Hoss is supposedly "designed" for big guys......one member I know who used to frequent here was over 400 and had one he did jumps and stuff on, I believe.

Kona Hoss (MSRP $899)
http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/HOSS/index.html

Kona Hoss Deluxe (MSRP $1149)
http://www.konaworld.com/bikes/2k7/H...UXE/index.html


Many here I know ride Specialized Mountain bikes

Specialized Stumpjumper (MSRP $1300)
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...=07Stumpjumper

Specialized Rock Hopper (MSRP $520 - 1100 for various ranging models)
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...d=07Rockhopper

Specialized Hard Rock (MSRP $390 - 820)
http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkM...sid=07Hardrock
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That may fit me needs perfect, what are some example of trail bikes. Sorry for being clueless.
I guess you need to really decide what kind of riding you want to do. If you kinda want to be able to do better on gravel/dirt as well as trails, then a "comfort bike" is probably your best bet. My first bike was a "comfort" bike, a Trek Navigator 300.

If you are sure you'll only be on pavement, then I'd go with a hybrid perhaps or even a touring or cyclocross road bike.

No matter what, go to bike shops (many and of many different brands) and test ride as many as you can.
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I have nothing but good things to say about Specialized hardtail MTB's, definately check them out.

Stay away from full suspension MTB's - they're not suited for the kind of casual riding you're talking about, and you won't get a very nice one for $1200 anyway.

Look into a cyclocross bike. They're designed for rough trail riding at speed, and to hold up to moderate abuse. Might be exactly what you need... or maybe not. Either way, talk to your dealer to make sure.

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Absolutely. Test ride everything in your pricerange, at as many different dealers as you can, then make your decision.

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Thanks for the quick replies.

The only bike shop in my neck of the woods only has Cannondale and Trek, any suggestions on these Makes?
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I did find a Specialized dealer not far away can anyone tell me how the compare to Trek and Cannondale? I have never heard of them, but they look really solid.
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Thanks for the quick replies.

The only bike shop in my neck of the woods only has Cannondale and Trek, any suggestions on these Makes?
They are both good brands and between the two of them the LBS should have just about any variety of cycle you might want. Get in there and test ride everything.

edit. Speicialized is comparable to the other two. You'll find that they are all good quality bikes and the prices will be similar.
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Pretty much any of those kinds of major brands at a local bike store are going to have good bikes. The most important things, to my mind, are to try out a number of different bikes, get one that fits and feels good and get it from a store that treats you right.

What kind of bike is really based upon what you want to do and what is comfortable. I will rarely do off road but bought a Specialized Hard Rock MTB because it is tough, felt right and fit right. I ended up putting skinnier tires on it but still have the knobbies if I do some more off road stuff. MTB's just feel better to me for position9ing and control. Other people swear by road bikes and they are no doubt faster.

There isn't a whole lot of right and wrong. Get something from one of the good manufactures and one that you are comfortable on.
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These days quality bikes, Trek, Cannondale, Specialized etc.. are so close, pick and choose. Dont rule out bikes like Ironhorse tho, you can get them online and I belive from Rei. They seem pretty stout and have a good rep as well as being affordable. As far as mountian bikes go, I tend to agree hard tail is the way to go. I was close to 240 and rode a Mongoose IBOC Comp, mid "90s" model (still have it) I love it when I ride it even tho Im a road bike nut now.
P.S. Between $700 and $1200 youre gonna have a lot to choose from, also If you go hard tail, I have seen a lot of manufactures take the money it would put into full suspension and spend it on great components on a hard tail.

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If they carry Trek, they may also have Gary Fisher (owned by Trek). Try some of those out. I like the geometry, and the larger tires (29" vs 26") that are available on the Cobia (about $1k).

As stated above, you have alot of options. I would suggest looking at the bike shop, then test riding, then looking them up on the manufacturers www. Then going back to the bike shop and looking/test riding again. Take your time, it will be worth it to have one that fits well!!!
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Thanks everyone I have looked at a few but so far I love the Trek 8000. Seems very well built and its at our local dealer and the owner is great, I purchased a Trek from him a few years ago.
Checking out all my options but probably will pick it up tomorrow.
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Trek 8000...


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Sizes 15.5, 17.5, 19.5, 21.5"
Frame ZR 9000 Alloy
Front Suspension RockShox Reba SL w/positive and negative air pressure, Motion Control, rebound, compression, lockout, 100mm
Wheels
Wheels Bontrager Select
Tires Bontrager Jones ACX, 26x2.1", 60 tpi, folding
Drivetrain
Shifters Shimano Deore LX Dual Control, 9 speed
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Crank Shimano Deore LX 44/32/22
Cassette SRAM PG970 11-34, 9 speed
Pedals Shimano 505, clipless
Components
Saddle Bontrager Race
Seat Post Bontrager Race
Handlebars Bontrager Race, 0mm rise, 31.8mm
Stem Bontrager Race, 7 degree, 31.8mm
Headset Cane Creek S-3 w/cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset Shimano LX, hydraulic disc, 6" rotors


Top notch components, with a MSRP of $1599. If you can get it within your budget, it's a steal. Good choice!

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Thanks DR. I needed that, I will pick it up tomorrow. I sometimes overthink things and although some of these other choices are good, i hate to go out of town to buy, I am a local business owner and try to keep my business local. The home town shops have a tough go sometimes with the internent and all. I am glad I will be able to support his store.

He also made me a great deal.
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If it is a good dealer and a good deal, it is a good choice, in my opinion.

Looks like an awesome ride too!
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Sounds like you have a good plan.

My only suggestion is if you are going to ride street/paved trails mostly, switch the Knobby tires out for some slick ones, or maybe some half/half tires (slick in middle, with knobbies on the sides).
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My only suggestion is if you are going to ride street/paved trails mostly, switch the Knobby tires out for some slick ones, or maybe some half/half tires (slick in middle, with knobbies on the sides).
Try these in: http://internationalbike.com/itemdet...ogId=1&id=3294

The Trek store carries Bontrager, so they should even have a set in stock. I run the 26x1.5's on my Hardrock - they're a nice, smooth rolling semi slick, with decent offroad capability, and a Kevlar jacket for flat protection. A+ in my book.

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Ok, thanks will see if they have those. I also bought my son a small 20" Trek with training wheels, he is also excited.
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The 8000 is an absolute sweetheart. It's light. It's fast. It climbs like a goat. The components are wonderful. I say this because I rode a 8500 recently, and really really liked it. My bank account said otherwise, however . The folks at the shop said that for the regular rider, it's hard to tell a difference between the 8000 and 8500. I mean, that thing was *fast* for a MTB. Blew me away how well I could put the power down on it.

And.. it sounds like you have a good shop. By far that makes up for any brand choice or difference we on the Internet could find. I really can't emphasize that enough. Shop loyalty is paramount for us bigger folks.

Finally, one word of advice, have the shop retension the rear spokes for you, or rebuild the whole wheel. I was told that even with 28 spokes those wheels are *strong*, but they need to be tensioned correctly. At the price you'll be paying, I don't think it's too much to ask them to hand rebuild the wheels, or spend a little extra to have them do it for you. It will DEFINITELY pay off in the long run. I was told by a Trek representative that the higher-end Bontrager wheels are VERY strong, light, and they wouldn't hesitate to recommend them for even me (I'm at 360-ish).

Oh yeah, enjoy the heck out of it, and post por... err.. pics!!
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An alternative to slicks, if you still want to run trails, is the WTB NanoRaptor. I have no idea what it is about them, but they *roll*. I'm picking up a set for my MTB, I was just downright impressed with how fast they are, especially considering they are knobbies!!
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