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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 03-21-11, 12:02 PM   #1
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Full suspension and being a Clyde?

So I found a bicycle on Craigslist that looked interesting and it happened to be my size so I took a look at it and came home with a new toy It is a 2001 Giant Cypress lx full suspension hybrid. The frame is 4130 Cro-moly and the rear shock is a DNM DV22 with a 900lb spring, manufacturer recommends an 1100lb spring for heavier riders which I am looking into but my question is do any of you larger stature fellas or ladies ride on a full suspension bike? is a full suspension bike a no no for a 300 pound fella or as long as the correct shock is used its good to go?

I took it for a short spin and it felt good other than the suspension feeling odd compared to my mountain bike which only has a suspension fork.

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Old 03-21-11, 12:19 PM   #2
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What kind of riding are you going to do with it? Between having a full suspension, and being made from steel, it's going to weigh as much as a smart car! But it looks like it might be fun on a trail.

I test rode a full suspension bike once, while the shop was fixing something on mine, and I couldn't get used to how squishy it felt. But I'm a road bike kind of guy, so take that with a grain of salt.
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What kind of riding are you going to do with it? Between having a full suspension, and being made from steel, it's going to weigh as much as a smart car! But it looks like it might be fun on a trail.

I test rode a full suspension bike once, while the shop was fixing something on mine, and I couldn't get used to how squishy it felt. But I'm a road bike kind of guy, so take that with a grain of salt.
Its heavy alright! 35.8 lbs as it sits in the picture (got on my scale with and then without it ) I typically ride on a rail trail with my mountain bike, sometimes I ride around the neighborhood which is hilly rural roads but I would say that 90% of the time its a couple mile ride on those roads leading to the rail trail followed by 10 to 20 miles worth of the trail. that "squishy" feeling is what I was talking about when I said that it felt odd and I don't know if I will get use to it but it was priced good, my size and something completely different from my other bikes so I grabbed it up I just wonder how sturdy these full suspension bikes are for us more stout riders, it seems sturdy enough but isn't like anything that I currently own/ride so I am weary of taking it out on a full out ride down the trail.
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i dont think sturdy is as much of an issue as suspensions bottoming out and being too squishy to get power to the ground. if you ride on paved roads that are in good shape it seems like it would be overkill. if you ride on bumpy , potholed roads, it could make for a very comfy ride.
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Full suspension and being a heavy Clyde (i.e. over 300 lbs) is just a wreck looking for a place to happen in my book.
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Old 03-21-11, 05:55 PM   #6
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Its heavy alright! 35.8 lbs as it sits in the picture (got on my scale with and then without it ) I typically ride on a rail trail with my mountain bike, sometimes I ride around the neighborhood which is hilly rural roads but I would say that 90% of the time its a couple mile ride on those roads leading to the rail trail followed by 10 to 20 miles worth of the trail. that "squishy" feeling is what I was talking about when I said that it felt odd and I don't know if I will get use to it but it was priced good, my size and something completely different from my other bikes so I grabbed it up I just wonder how sturdy these full suspension bikes are for us more stout riders, it seems sturdy enough but isn't like anything that I currently own/ride so I am weary of taking it out on a full out ride down the trail.
For the types of terrain you're describing, I probably wouldn't ride a full-suspension bike.

I own a high-end full-suspension bike. It has a good lock-out on both the front and rear suspension and I have it engaged the majority of the time I'm on the bike; it's really the only way to get power to the ground rather than just pogo-sticking up and down. Only when the trails get very bumpy, or point downhill, do I make the suspension fully-active.

That said, for the types of terrain you're describing I don't think you're likely to break the bike or the suspension. You do want to use an appropriate mechanical spring or set the air pressure properly if you're using an air spring. Measure and set the "sag" appropriately, so you're not bottoming the suspension while traversing obstacles and you should be OK. Air springs run at high pressure may need to be rebuilt occasionally.
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A full suspension will rob you of your energy and power transfer, but I say if you are enjoying what your'e doing, you will continue to do it and that is the secret to success. keep pedaling . . .
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Full suspension and being a heavy Clyde (i.e. over 300 lbs) is just a wreck looking for a place to happen in my book.
Could you elaborate? I really know nothing about a full suspension bike and the way I feel about things is simple is better and this bike is less simple than my hard tail MTB so other than its just more moving parts what makes it a wreck waiting to happen?

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A full suspension will rob you of your energy and power transfer, but I say if you are enjoying what your'e doing, you will continue to do it and that is the secret to success. keep pedaling . . .
I ride my K2 mountain bike when I want to get a workout in but I actually own multiple bicycles and tool around the neighborhood on all of them just for kicks, I don't think that I will ride this one for long distances (or what I consider long distances anyways ) its more of a "something different" kind of bike for me unless it turns out that I end up feeling comfy riding it then I may extend the range of the rides, I am more just worried about if it will be safe at my weight or if I should wait until a few more peels off of my bones

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So I found a bicycle on Craigslist that looked interesting and it happened to be my size so I took a look at it and came home with a new toy It is a 2001 Giant Cypress lx full suspension hybrid. The frame is 4130 Cro-moly and the rear shock is a DNM DV22 with a 900lb spring, manufacturer recommends an 1100lb spring for heavier riders which I am looking into but my question is do any of you larger stature fellas or ladies ride on a full suspension bike? is a full suspension bike a no no for a 300 pound fella or as long as the correct shock is used its good to go?

I took it for a short spin and it felt good other than the suspension feeling odd compared to my mountain bike which only has a suspension fork.

What say you? oh and here is a pic of the new acquisition





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I don't know if I could trust a bicycle where the seat post is not connected to the bottom bracket.... Generally though unless the terrain is very rough (mountain bikers call it technical), you don't need a full suspension. Unless you ride dirt you don't need front suspension either.
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I think full suspension would work better on a mountain bike tackling trails.

On hybrids mainly riding roads and MUP's the pogo effect would really bother me. However if you enjoy riding it don't let anybody dissuade you from enjoying it.
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I am a bit leery of the suspension type on the bike you list as those tend to experience more pedal bob and you loose too much energy hammering the bike into the ground. I know a heavier spring may solve that issue though. Did you experience any pedal bob/bounce while riding that bike?

As to my riding preference, I'm currently selling my full suspension mountain bike. (in the classifieds here actually) Not because of any issues with the suspension, but that I simply like hard tails better. I do not have any issue with pedal bounce and I generally have the rear shock at it's stiffest. This bike was not the bike I went in to purchase but the price was right. So I tried it. Couple that with the bike is the most expensive I have ever owned and the least ridden. I can sell this bike to a rider who wants it and pay off my new road bike AND buy a new hard tail. Makes too much sense to me to keep it.

I also prefer a rigid fork too, but not on a mountain bike. I have one commuter/urban lifestyle type bike that has a front shock fork and that took some getting used to for me. I prefer the typical road bike type setup for riding roads and feel suspension is overkill. Front suspension is nice, but not necessary, even on the bumpy roads around here!
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Old 03-23-11, 06:11 PM   #13
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I have and Electra Townie 21D. It came with the lamest sprung fork ever - it just sucked out the power from my hill climbs like Daniel Day Lewis with a milkshake. Electra sold me a replacement threaded fixed for for an unreasonable sum - that didn't fit. I found out after I painted it to match the frame.

So! I swapped the threaded headset for a sealed-bearing threadless headset (and just in time, as the ball bearings of the old headset were beginning to rust heavily), and slapped in a suspension-corrected fixed fork, and adjustable riser-stem.

The difference was day and night. The new setup climbed hills like a billygoat, and rocketed along paved straights like a racebike.

That said, if I was going offroad, a full suspension bike is where I'd want to be, and that Giant looks like a darn nice one.
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Old 03-23-11, 10:08 PM   #15
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I love my FS bikes, I have 2. That being said I also love technical,rocky, and rougher terrain rides. There are many different styles, give a few of them a try. Personally I do not like that style, but if you do I say go for it, you are the one in the saddle, shouldn't you be the one that determines what comfort you want?
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