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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 07-25-10, 04:32 PM   #1
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Any clydes have experience with SUN bents?

I was looking at these two:

http://www.sunbicycles.com/product_d...&cl1=RECUMBENT

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http://www.sunbicycles.com/product_d...&cl1=RECUMBENT

Reliability and their hold up under my weight is a concern. Loaded for commute, I'd be around 320lbs. The weight limit says 300lbs - thoughts? Should I wait till I drop another 20? I'm looking at a bent for comfort. Would love to hear thoughts about the SUN bikes and experiences any clydes may have had.

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Old 07-26-10, 12:51 AM   #2
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I'm afraid I don't have an answer for you but someone on the recumbent forum might. Did you post there?
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Old 07-26-10, 04:33 AM   #3
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Sun bikes have a reputation for being sturdily built and reliable. They are not the lightest or fastest 'bents around but that's not really an issue here. 20 lbs over isn't a big deal, the frame won't notice - go for it! Worst case is you'll need to pay extra attention to the wheels. There is a recumbent forum here on BF and also you can ask questions over at www.bentrideronline.com
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Old 07-26-10, 06:17 AM   #4
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Sun bikes have a reputation for being sturdily built and reliable. They are not the lightest or fastest 'bents around but that's not really an issue here. 20 lbs over isn't a big deal, the frame won't notice - go for it! Worst case is you'll need to pay extra attention to the wheels. There is a recumbent forum here on BF and also you can ask questions over at www.bentrideronline.com
Agree 100%. I ride a Sun recumbent as my primary mode of transportation. It is true, they are not the fastest things out there, but they are also built like tanks. Given a choice between the two you listed, I'd go with the CX. It has a more comfortable seat, it's also a little more stable and a little bit quicker due to the wheel selection. I believe these have the same tires that I do, and they are pretty bomb-proof. Just make sure you have them inflated to the proper PSI and you should be fine.

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Old 07-26-10, 06:27 AM   #5
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I have a Sun EZ-1 Supercruiser--as I mentioned in the other thread--and it's a solid dependable ride with decent components. If you shop around you might just find an older model like mine for 1/2 the price of a new one. I got mine last summer and I'm sure I was somewhere around 285-lbs at the time and the bike handled my weight no problem. The bike is heavy, and hills kinda suck on it, but I can ride all day long in comfort with a great view. I don't much like it in traffic, but that's just because I'm still a bit wobbly getting going from a stop sign, that improves greatly with riding, but lately I've been taking shorter rides on my diamond frame road bikes.
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