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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 01-08-08, 01:02 PM   #1
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Aluminum/Carbon Mix vs. All Carbon

As a larger rider (6'3" and 230 lbs) is there any reason to lean one way or the other? I'm looking at a 2008 Masi Gran Criterium and 2008 Trek Madone 5.1 (and others). Should it simply come down to ride and budget?
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At your weight, I don't see any issues structurally, either way, unless you start looking at a shaved to the last possible gram, blow away if farted at, unobtanium frame.
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230 isn't too big for any frame. You shouldn't have any problems with full carbon at all. If you gain weight and get up into the high 200's, then you might be better off with some aluminum, but my Dad's around your weight, and he rides full carbon. He loves it.
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I ride full carbon at 240 and LOVE it.
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The Madone 5.1 is being discontinued, if not already.

Just remember, while most pro riders are light, sub 160lbs ish (for the biggest guys), the forces they put on those bikes in sprints and climbs with their legs and arms far surpasses anything your weight will impart on it. The wheels are generally the weak link, but you should be fine with either ride.
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I was riding a full carbon frame at 285 and I'm still riding it at 270. I love the way it rides and it only weighs 16.25 lbs. No issues at all.
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