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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 04-07-10, 12:41 AM   #1
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Need Input: Gary Fisher Cobia

2010 Gary Fisher Cobia; good for 6'1" 290lb rider, yay or nay?

Keep in mind, casual riding on packed dirt and light gravel trails. Unfortuantely, I have to wait for the more "upbeat" riding, until I drop this weight.

Getting back into the mix about four or five years after ankle surgery. Also, I would like to thank everyone in advance for their advice.

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Old 04-07-10, 01:09 AM   #2
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Gary Fisher frames brake. Regularly. If you buy it new they have an excellent warranty replacement plan though.
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I was 265# for a few years and rode my '06 Gary Fisher Marlinlike a MTB is made to be ridden. It didn't break. For the last two years it has been my commuter, and as such lives on pavement for the most part. My experience is my own, and may not reflect what others have found.
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Gary Fisher frames brake. Regularly. If you buy it new they have an excellent warranty replacement plan though.
Thank you for the reply c_m_shooter, though I do have one question: Would you be referrencing your answer to more "upbeat" riding (how a mountain bike should be ridden), rather than light packed dirt/gravel trail riding or just gary fisher frames in general?

Also, thank you mcflyfisher for your answer.

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Most of the mountain bikers I have met with Gary Fisher frames have broken frames and swingarms. The full suspension bikes seem to break more often. . Yes they were on trails, but nothing extreme, regular singletrack. (there are no real mountains around here) I was riding with a group about a month ago at Cameron Park in Waco and witness a Gary Fisher full suspension frame break at the bottom bracket while climbing some switchbacks, he was extremely lucky it wasn't on the downhill side of the trail. I know someone else with four scrap Hifi frames in his garage, all replaced under warranty, he is about 6'0" and maybe 240lbs.

If you are just going to be riding gravel and hardpacked dirt, why are you looking at that level of a mountain bike? A cyclocross or light touring bike would be more apprpriate.

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Most of the mountain bikers I have met with Gary Fisher frames have broken frames and swingarms. The full suspension bikes seem to break more often. . Yes they were on trails, but nothing extreme, regular singletrack. (there are no real mountains around here) I was riding with a group about a month ago at Cameron Park in Waco and witness a Gary Fisher full suspension frame break at the bottom bracket while climbing some switchbacks, he was extremely lucky it wasn't on the downhill side of the trail. I know someone else with four scrap Hifi frames in his garage, all replaced under warranty, he is about 6'0" and maybe 240lbs.

If you are just going to be riding gravel and hardpacked dirt, why are you looking at that level of a mountain bike? A cyclocross or light touring bike would be more apprpriate.
Thank you for your response c_m_shooter, I appreciate the information and to respond to your question:
I only plan to ride gravel and hardpacked dirt until I drop 60 lbs, then plan to ride as it is intended. I am not a fan of road biking so I am trying to kill two birds with one stone as you might say.

Also, in referrence to your first reply; I might have misunterstood. Seeing that this is the clydesdale section of the bike forum, I thought that you had meant that frame breakage was a reccuring problem with larger riders.

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