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    I'm a clydesdale...component recommendations please

    I lift weights twice a week and weigh 220 pounds. I ride five times a week for cardio fitness. Needless to say, paying hundreds of dollars to save a few ounces is a bit silly considering my size. I'm fairly convinced that component manufacturers do not design/engineer many of their high end road components for big guys. In fact I'd argue that they design most of their road components smaller framed people because (lack of) weight sells.

    So...I'd like to hear some ideas from other clydesdales about components they prefer....my top three

    1. Selle San Marco saddle
    2. FSA Wing Pro bars
    3. Easton EA90 SL wheelset

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    I'm about 220 lbs as well......

    1. Cervelo RS frame (lifetime warranty, no weight limit)
    2. Brooks B-17 TI saddle for my wide sit bones
    3. Mavic Ksyrium SSC wheels (tons or hard miles, still straight as an arrow)

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    I am 210 and have lightweight bikes and parts... with no issues..

    1. Fizik Aliante carbon saddle (using them for 3 years on 3 bikes)
    2. Easton EC90 carbon bar and stem
    3. Rolf Prima Elan Aero... (have them a year and so far bomb proof), had the Kysrium SSC on another bike for 3 years and also bomb proof.

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    I'd have to say Campy/Fulcrum wheels as they are very strong.

    I ride an RS Cervelo also.

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    220lbs here too! I think we need a compact clydesdale forum.

    I have the Selle San Marco Arrowhead, and love it.

    I'd love to get some new wheels, but since my Bontrager select wheels are still going strong although I did snap a spoke 2 weeks ago, I can't justify spending the money.
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    I'm 230lbs and ride a SW Tarmac SL2, love the Toupe saddles and carbon wheels. No issues with anything. I think alot has to do with how smooth you are while riding.

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    Brooks B17...These guys spending over 50$ on a plastic saddle are crass consumers with little patience. A Brooks breaks in and as you endure hours of discomfort on the saddle one day it becomes a magic relationship that will last many years.

    Specialized "body geometry" is a big load of dung. Plastic saddles upward of 50$ are a complete scam.

    Be boring don't waste time with these modern wheels of dopey spoke patterns and high tension. Mavic Open pro or Velocity Deep V. The weight penalty is for a rim and wheel you can depend on for 10,000 miles...Keep pads clean and change brake pads and they will be good to you.

    Handlebar is personal. Some people like ergo bends others don't. Find a second hand one at your shop and experiment. Width is very personal. Some like wide others like more narrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoreFeet View Post
    Brooks B17...These guys spending over 50$ on a plastic saddle are crass consumers with little patience.
    Or foul-weather commuters.

    Though I suppose the two things aren't mutually exclusive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoreFeet View Post
    Specialized "body geometry" is a big load of dung. Plastic saddles upward of 50$ are a complete scam.
    My arse and my Body Geometry saddle have become very good friends. Saddles are a matter personal preference to a very large degree, perhaps more so than anything else on a bike.
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    Yea seriously...I have 5 BG saddles...all 143mm but in differing styles and every one of them fits my butt great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoreFeet View Post
    Brooks B17...These guys spending over 50$ on a plastic saddle are crass consumers with little patience. A Brooks breaks in and as you endure hours of discomfort on the saddle one day it becomes a magic relationship that will last many years.

    Specialized "body geometry" is a big load of dung. Plastic saddles upward of 50$ are a complete scam.

    Be boring don't waste time with these modern wheels of dopey spoke patterns and high tension. Mavic Open pro or Velocity Deep V. The weight penalty is for a rim and wheel you can depend on for 10,000 miles...Keep pads clean and change brake pads and they will be good to you.

    Handlebar is personal. Some people like ergo bends others don't. Find a second hand one at your shop and experiment. Width is very personal. Some like wide others like more narrow.
    How's that Rivendell working out for you?

    My B17 was a bit slippery but fine, right out of the box.

    1. B17 for long rides, Form E3 for races.
    2. Easton EA70 wheels. Fine & dandy for training or racing.
    3. Nitto Noodle.

    A svelte 203#.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoreFeet View Post
    Brooks B17...These guys spending over 50$ on a plastic saddle are crass consumers with little patience. A Brooks breaks in and as you endure hours of discomfort on the saddle one day it becomes a magic relationship that will last many years.

    Specialized "body geometry" is a big load of dung. Plastic saddles upward of 50$ are a complete scam.

    Be boring don't waste time with these modern wheels of dopey spoke patterns and high tension. Mavic Open pro or Velocity Deep V. The weight penalty is for a rim and wheel you can depend on for 10,000 miles...Keep pads clean and change brake pads and they will be good to you.

    Handlebar is personal. Some people like ergo bends others don't. Find a second hand one at your shop and experiment. Width is very personal. Some like wide others like more narrow.
    I could say the same about any frame costing over $500, bars costing over $40, wheels costing over $500, etc, etc.

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    6', 220lbs
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    Runs good, lasts a long time.

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    + Specialized BG Saddles. Ignore the retro-grouch. They've worked fantastically for me. I have them on all my bikes.

    + Thomson stem and seatpost. On all my bikes.

    + Hand-built wheels, 32-spoke rear, 28-spoke front, Deep V rims. Bulletproof. Heavy, but so what, I am too.

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    Some good recommendations. I use the FSA Wing Pro because it has the largest flat area I could find on a strong, sturdy ergo bar. My hands are big. Regarding the seats, I tossed my Aspide yesterday and put on the San Marco Rolls. I actually rode faster this morning because I wasn't standing on my pedals while bouncing over some rough sections in the road. The Rolls soaked up the bumps and I just pedaled through it. And I love Thomson seatposts and stems. I just need to beg the wife for an appropriation of funds.

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    3. Easton EA90 SL wheelset
    I think those are going to me my next training wheels. I am 203 lbs. Anyone else running these wheels that are 200 plus.

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    240lbs

    1. Traditional geometry steel frames
    2. Brooks Ti saddles (B17, Swift...Team Pro not so much)
    3. Velocity Fusion wheels
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    I'm a uber clyde at 300 and for the most part, frames and components are cool across the board. The only real issue would be wheels, but at 220, I think you cool with what ever your get. I also going to link to the Clyde group where you can get a better cross section.

    Velocity Deep V's 36 front and rear 14g spokes
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    Just under 190 lbs (from over 200)

    I switched to easton ec90 carbon bars and stem, no problems at all. I got a killer deal otherwise I would have stuck with aluminium for these.

    I ride a full carbon bmc with a Toupe saddle and Mavic ES wheels. These all work very very well. The wheels are over 5,000 km and are still true.

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    I only weigh in at 205 (down from 230), but here are some components I have used and endorse:

    • Shimano Ultegra groupo.
    • 36h Mavic OpenPro rear rim, 32h front (hand built by myself).
    • Surly Pacer frame.
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    Cane Creek Stem and Brakes, Schimano dérailleurs , Velocity Deep V Wheels, hand built.

    As to the bike itself, I'm seriously biased toward Specialized frames. I love my Allez.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr View Post
    I'm a uber clyde at 300 and for the most part, frames and components are cool across the board. The only real issue would be wheels, but at 220, I think you cool with what ever your get. I also going to link to the Clyde group where you can get a better cross section.

    Velocity Deep V's 36 front and rear 14g spokes
    Thomson Seat Post
    Specialized Avatar Gel saddle

    I would like to hear from more ubers on this..i fall into that category. Has anyone tried that seat with the cap on the horn for those tender areas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grasschopper View Post
    Yea seriously...I have 5 BG saddles...all 143mm but in differing styles and every one of them fits my butt great.
    Holy crap! LTNS! Good to have you back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WANT!!!!!!

    Ultegra stuffs
    XT/XTR stuffs
    Thomson seatposts
    Speedplay pedals
    Specialized Saddles
    Reynolds Ouzo Stems
    Oury mtb grips
    Michelin Krylion Tires
    Marzocchi suspension forks
    Mavic Rims





    Quote Originally Posted by DO NOT WANT!!!!!!

    Manitou suspension forks
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    Cannondale Stuffs



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