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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 02-13-11, 09:46 AM   #1
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New Bike Finally. XTC 1 :-)

After 6 months and several test rides, I tripped the trigger on a 2011 XTC 1 today. This has been a very tough decision. I had it narrowed down to the XTC 1 and a Paragon. I think I would have been happy with either, but the Paragon shop just seemed like they did not care if I bought or not, so I went with the Giant dealer who has been my LBS for years.

I think I got a pretty good deal. The bike listed for $2K and we settled on $1743.

The bike will be here in about a week. The bad news is that I am having abdominal surgery next Friday and will be off any bike for a month. Part of the reason i did this now was to have a treat for myself when i recover, and I felt like the LBS was at it's winter hungriest

Like a thread earlier this month, I have struggled with the issue of Stand Over Height. The shop I bought from did not have any XTC 1, but did have a M & L in the 2011 XTC 2, which is the same frame. My guy parts do touch a bit more than my current bike (GT Peace 9r). Not singing at a higher pitch touching, but more. I then tested the medium and I could hardly tell a difference in "hang pressure" But, the medium cockpit felt claustrophobic, even after adjusting the seat back. Also, I am going to have to put a riser on the stem because of my short (fat) torso, and the medium would have even gotten more cramped.

I plan on adding Azonic 420's, Ergon Grips, and raised bars in place of the flats that it comes with. Pics will be forthcoming.
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Old 02-14-11, 09:01 AM   #2
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I am very jealous. I was at my LBS on Friday and was eyeing up a Salsa Spearfish they just got in. It's a 29er full squish and sweet lookin for around $2200. However, we just ordered furniture last week to replace the 17year old stuff we bought a couple years after we got married. Need to build up the bike account again. Looking foreward to the pics and goodluck with the surgery and wish you a speedy recovery.
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Old 02-14-11, 10:54 AM   #3
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Doesn't exist without pics.

But it's going to suck just having to look at it after your surgery. Heal well, get on the bike soon.
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Old 02-14-11, 10:54 AM   #4
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Jay, you have to get some pics up. I assume you got the 29er XTC. Anyway, get over that surgery soon so you can get on the steed.
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Old 02-14-11, 11:24 AM   #5
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You mean I got to wait a whole week to see this new bike?!?!?

You tease.
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Old 02-14-11, 12:27 PM   #6
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Hmmm? The 4" hole in my stomach appears to be secondary to the need to see pics I understand...... I like bike pics too

So, to satisfy the itch, I will post the stock picture to start. Last night I ordered my Black Azonic 420 platforms, Ergon GX-1 grips and Lizard Skin Chain Stay protector from Pricepoint. I am very stoked.

HillPumper - Yes, I got the XTC-1 (nothing but the best for my fat butt)
bautieri - Sorry dude, I know it is hard on you

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