Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-02-08, 08:52 PM   #1
Wyofire
speed bump
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: SE Wyoming
Bikes: Rocky Mountain Fanatik
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Called the shop today

I called the shop I'm stopping by this weekend. The only Specialized they have on hand is the Allez in a 58cm, which is a bit tall judging by the stand over height. They do have a couple of Trek bikes in my size neighborhood. It looks like I'll be looking at a 1.2, a 2.1 Pilot, and a 2.3. He said they also had a 5.1 Madone, but I know that is way beyond my budget. For the most part I'm looking toward the 2.1 pilot and 2.3 if I can get enough out of my existing bike. I figure the higher grade components on those two would be worth the extra cost.
Wyofire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-08, 09:06 PM   #2
v1k1ng1001
Gorntastic!
 
v1k1ng1001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: United States of Mexico
Bikes:
Posts: 3,424
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
__________________
v1k1ng1001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-08, 09:08 PM   #3
brentley
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: San Francisco East Bay Area
Bikes: Trek, Klein, Vintage Specialized
Posts: 170
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Standover height is not that important.

Far more important is the top tube length and the saddle position (height, fore and aft).

I can stand over bikes that fit me, but with the compact geometry trend I can also stand over bikes that don't.

Find someone who can fit you, then test ride stuff, and if possible try to ride on the same (or very similar setups).
brentley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-08, 07:12 AM   #4
JoeMetal
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bloomington, IN
Bikes: Trek 2.3 w/ full SRAM Red; Surly LHT
Posts: 388
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm a bit biased, but if you can afford the 2.3, go for it. It's what I have. It's a real solid bike though. It has really great components that will last you quite a while. The wheels are also rock solid. I've only had my 2.3 for a little over a month, but I have yet to find a single negative thing about it.
JoeMetal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-08, 09:21 AM   #5
Hill-Pumper
Senior Member
 
Hill-Pumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: In Oregon looking for more hills to ride
Bikes: 2016 Niner RLT Steel, 2015 GT Grade Carbon 105, 2014 NS Bikes Eccentric, 2013 Norco Sight Killer B-1
Posts: 833
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
I have done test rides on both the 2.1 Pilot, and a 2.3 . The 2.1 Pilot has a more relaxed geometry and is more comfortable. The 2.3 has a lighter more racy feel to it. The 2.3 felt like all your effort was making it to the ground where the 2.1 seemed a little sluggish, but more stable. So it depends on what kind of ridding you plan on doing, but either bike is nice. It just matters which one suits your purpose best.
Hill-Pumper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-08, 09:56 AM   #6
sstorkel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Bikes: Cervelo RS, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro, Schwinn Typhoon, Nashbar touring, custom steel MTB
Posts: 5,427
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wyofire View Post
I called the shop I'm stopping by this weekend. The only Specialized they have on hand is the Allez in a 58cm, which is a bit tall judging by the stand over height. They do have a couple of Trek bikes in my size neighborhood. It looks like I'll be looking at a 1.2, a 2.1 Pilot, and a 2.3. He said they also had a 5.1 Madone, but I know that is way beyond my budget. For the most part I'm looking toward the 2.1 pilot and 2.3 if I can get enough out of my existing bike. I figure the higher grade components on those two would be worth the extra cost.
If they'll let you take it out, I would suggest you try the Madone! Not that you'll buy it, but it will give you a feel for what a top-of-the-line bike and components are like. I used to think there wasn't a whole lot of difference between Shimano 105 and Ultegra components... until I test-rode a high-end bike with Ultegra everything. Very nice!
sstorkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-08, 12:50 AM   #7
mandopickr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 77
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree with Brentley. Top tube length is more important for me, since I have a rather short inseam and longer torso. I can just stand over my 58cm Tommasini, but the top tube fits me. Some 56cm and 57cm are too short (top tube) for me to ride comfortably.
mandopickr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:48 PM.