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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 01-30-08, 09:23 PM   #1
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Question regarding carbon frames

Hello all,

I have been enjoying my LeMond Etape very much but now that I am planning on joining a cycling club in the next few months when I move up to NH and plan on entering in some races (will be a first time racer) I want to build a new bike with a CF frame and make it as light as I can (but yet still strong enough to handle my current clyde-ness (I currently wight 220 but if I lose my spare tire (it's big) I bet I will be down to around 155-170). Anyways I am hard on bikes to begin with so I need something strong. Anyways do any of my fellow clydes know where I can get a CF frame that is good and strong? I was looking at the PedalForce frames and found them to be really cool looking (no logos just black carbon which is AWESOME and INSANE!) BUT they have a weight limit of 220, yet they were tested up to 300 LBS and still held together. I suppose I could buy one and built it with the parts that I want and let it sit until I loose a bunch of weight (always an option I suppose)

Anyways now that I have been rambling on I am looking for input on where I can get a good CF frame that is not a frame from (trek, specialized, you get the idea)

TIA!
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Old 01-30-08, 09:28 PM   #2
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I am a huge fan of my Kuota Kharma. No weight limit and it has lasted me over 10,000 miles and still going strong (and I exceed your weight by 40+ pounds!). Stiff and comfortable. There are plenty of CF manufacturers who don't have weight limits.

However--from one racer to a hopeful racer--you don't want to race with anything you can't replace.
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Hey all thanks for the replies, that is true about Trek! I didn't know that

Yes I do understand that it is a racing bike and it is eventually going to get into a crash (hopefully not because of me). Thankyou for pointing that out! How do you deal with that? (stupid question) I think if I was to crash a bike I don't know what I would do!
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Hey all thanks for the replies, that is true about Trek! I didn't know that

Yes I do understand that it is a racing bike and it is eventually going to get into a crash (hopefully not because of me). Thankyou for pointing that out! How do you deal with that? (stupid question) I think if I was to crash a bike I don't know what I would do!
Don't buy a carbon fiber bike. I reference this wonderful thread: http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php...993&highlight=
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Hello all,

I have been enjoying my LeMond Etape very much but now that I am planning on joining a cycling club in the next few months when I move up to NH and plan on entering in some races (will be a first time racer) I want to build a new bike with a CF frame and make it as light as I can (but yet still strong enough to handle my current clyde-ness (I currently wight 220 but if I lose my spare tire (it's big) I bet I will be down to around 155-170). Anyways I am hard on bikes to begin with so I need something strong. Anyways do any of my fellow clydes know where I can get a CF frame that is good and strong? I was looking at the PedalForce frames and found them to be really cool looking (no logos just black carbon which is AWESOME and INSANE!) BUT they have a weight limit of 220, yet they were tested up to 300 LBS and still held together. I suppose I could buy one and built it with the parts that I want and let it sit until I loose a bunch of weight (always an option I suppose)

Anyways now that I have been rambling on I am looking for input on where I can get a good CF frame that is not a frame from (trek, specialized, you get the idea)

TIA!
Realize that weight limits are set by lawyers and marketers, not engineers, if a frame is designed for 300lbs, and tests to 300lbs, then the lawyers want 150, and marketing wants 300, they split the difference and legal won out, over the last 5lbs.
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thanks for the reply Wogsterca, That is what I thought too, I figured if it was tested up to that weight I should be fine. I think I might just go with the pedal force frame. (I missed out on the group buy for the new frame but oh well).

Thanks again for all the replies, once I figure it out I will probably make a build thread like I made in the road forum! Thanks again!
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I'm riding a CF frame from Trek and it has held up fine sofar. And I hit some huge pothole last year. Didn't even untrue the wheels. And I come in at close to 200lbs.
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thanks for all the replies all! I have decided that I am going to go with the PedalForce frame and that I will wait until I reach a "safe" weight before I ride it. I am planning on building it up with a bunch of parts that I am going to buy (not sure if I will pick out a group-set or if I am going to pick out all the parts myself). So I figure that that will take me a while to do and in the mean time I can ride my LeMond and drop the #'s that I need to...

Anyways thanks again for all the help!
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