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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 05-09-09, 03:22 PM   #1
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What dual suspension bike should i go for?

360 lbs. 6'2 with a 30" leg. So i have a really long upper body and short legs. I have a buddy with a 2005 Kona Stinky Dee Lux but it is a Small. It says 15" but their sizes are all jacked up. I thnk that my hoss dee lux is a 16 or an 18. But in the stinkys its only S(15"),M(15.5"),L(16"),XL. So I am not sure if that is a godo price or not. He wants $600 for it. What do yall think should i look for somethign newer/better? I am pretty sure what ever i get will need to have upgraded springs and fluid to take my weight also. I appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 05-09-09, 04:38 PM   #2
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A rigid one ha ha. I find using shocks make the ride too bouncy although I haven't really gone off road so it suits me to go rigid. Even the trails I ride are fine with 2" tyres. Plenty of suspension but thats only me. Each to his own.

As for the bike, 6'2 on a 15"? make sure you take it for a spin. Inside leg isn't really that important these days with sloped tubing. Make sure its long enough on top and that you're not cramped. Thats the most important thing. Best of luck in your choice though. Stinky is a nice bike
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Old 05-09-09, 06:02 PM   #3
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I'm 5'8 and I ride a 16".
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360 lbs. 6'2 with a 30" leg. So i have a really long upper body and short legs. I have a buddy with a 2005 Kona Stinky Dee Lux but it is a Small. It says 15" but their sizes are all jacked up. I thnk that my hoss dee lux is a 16 or an 18. But in the stinkys its only S(15"),M(15.5"),L(16"),XL. So I am not sure if that is a godo price or not. He wants $600 for it. What do yall think should i look for somethign newer/better? I am pretty sure what ever i get will need to have upgraded springs and fluid to take my weight also. I appreciate any suggestions.
Short answer:

Standard reply to suspension thread number 3

Long answer:

Suspension forks are typically designed for riders in the 150 to 170lb range, special springs and elastomers can extend this for some forks, into the 200 - 250lbs range, same goes for air shocks, high pressure air shock forks, might get you into the 200-250 range. Rear suspensions have about the same design ramifications, few standard shocks are designed for riders over 170lbs. Some manufacturers may have special shock units that allow them to go higher, but these will be expensive after market parts, not standard equipment on production bikes. Even then your probably looking at the 200-250lb range.

Your options are:

1) Lose at least 190lbs
2) Lose at least 110lbs and consider a high capacity air shock suspension.
3) Buy a nice rigid frame and fork bike, and forget the suspension all together.

A lot of people are buying suspension bikes who will never ride under the conditions where they need such a bike. Kinda like the guy who buys a high riding 4WD truck for driving down to the strip mall for smokes and beer.

At 360lbs your best to skip suspension parts until you can get into a more suspension friendly weight range. Full Suspension bikes are designed for technical trails, off road, they can really suck up a lot of rider energy. If your planning on more road oriented riding, then a full suspension is a waste of a lot of money, weight and energy. Not to mention it's a lot of extra stuff that can go wrong.

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