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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 02-24-10, 03:43 PM   #1
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Help me find a hardrock bike.

Does anyone have anything specific to tell me to look for? I'm 6'4" ~300lbs, and would mainly be riding on the bike path, or light trails. I've heard to get a "29er", but not totally sure what that is. I've been hoping to spend less than $300 on it. Thank you for any help.
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Old 02-24-10, 04:59 PM   #2
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This might fit the bill: http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/...ck/5687/36605/

A 29er typically refers to a mountain bike with 29" wheels, or wheels with a diameter the same as a typical road bike. It's advantages include the ability to climb better and less wheel rotations per given effort in pedaling to go the same distance.
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"29er" refers to wheel size. 26" was the MTB size standard for many years but 29" is quickly gaining popularity. At 300 lbs. and a budget of $300, I'd suggest looking for a used, non-suspended MTB. You'll probably need a frame size around 22" given your height but a lot depends on your proportions. You may find anything from 20" up to 23" fits you. Check Craig's List in your area to see if there is anything out there your size and try to stick with the better brands (Cannondale, Specialized, Diamond Back, Trek, etc.) and, again, stay away from full-suspension or suspension forks. Should be able to get something for less than $200 which leaves a little to get it cleaned up and ready to go.
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I have a Specialized Hardrock XC Disc and I love it. I'm sure it would fit your frame too.
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Hi, thanks for the replies. I'm having trouble finding the hardrock in a 20"+ frame. I would say I have pretty normal proportions. My legs aren't really all that long for my height.
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What part of the country are you in? I have one i've been trying to sell...
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I have a HardRock Sport 29er. I was looking for a mountain bike. Tried a couple of 26" (conventional size) bikes. Always felt cramped. Tried the 29er and felt like I was home. Very comfortable. I've only ridden 3 times for 50 miles total but it is comfortable. I'm 6'4" and 250 lbs.

Mine is 21". I have a 32" inseam. Cost $580. I believe that is list price. He didn't have one in stock so he ordered it. I didn't haggle. Not good at it anyway. My test ride was on a more expensive Specialized 29er. This has the same geometry.

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That's a nice looking bike.

Here is my problem. I look at bikes like this http://cgi.ebay.com/SPECIALIZED-HARD...item3caa61162d, but I don't see what size the frame is. It says frame size large. Not sure what size large means though. If anyone could help me that would be great.
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That's a nice looking bike.

Here is my problem. I look at bikes like this http://cgi.ebay.com/SPECIALIZED-HARD...item3caa61162d, but I don't see what size the frame is. It says frame size large. Not sure what size large means though. If anyone could help me that would be great.
The problem is, the majority of sellers have no idea what size their frame is. MTBs are typically measured from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the top tube. When I ask a seller about frame size, I usually have to explain how to measure to ensure I get a number that I can feel confident is right.
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