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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 10-16-07, 10:11 PM   #1
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Will this frame support a 280lb rider?

The frame is aluminum, so I'm not too worried about the frame, but instead I'm worried about the seatpost and fork —*both carbon. Will these support me?

I'm 280lbs and am probably going to collect parts all winter for a spring road bike. I'll be riding all winter on my Cross Check so maybe I'll be lighter haha. Just looking for a frame to start with.

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Old 10-16-07, 11:02 PM   #2
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That seatpost is a bad idea, especially if he's been clamping it!

Also, I'd be more worried about the frame than the fork.
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Old 10-17-07, 12:57 PM   #3
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325lbs, carbon seatpost, no problems here (took a bit of tinkering to stop it sliding down, though).
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Old 10-18-07, 07:37 PM   #4
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I wouldn't worry about that clamp on that post, as that isn't the Park clamp that can damage a carbon fiber frame or seatpost. That's more of a improved vise, just hope the seller isn't a gorilla. Never worry about a frame holding you, the wheel set bears that load.
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Old 10-18-07, 08:43 PM   #5
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Interesting to hear that. I'm not an official clyde but I've cracked 2 frames. Yet my wheels have been fine.

For the OP it's better to sacrifice a frame to the weight-loss gods than to not try.
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Old 10-18-07, 08:45 PM   #6
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A 280 lb. rider on a 295 gram fork! Eeeek! Check with the manufacturer and they will tell you the same thing.
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