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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 05-15-11, 09:44 PM   #1
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Specialized Secteur for Clyde?

Let me preface this by saying that I have traditionally been a fan of steel frames with big tire clearance. My current road bike is a cheapo KHS Flite 220 which has to weigh in around 29-30 lbs. This thing is a tank, but rides well, especially with the 32c tires. I enjoy having a road bike that can handle a bit of dirt if I come across some. There are also a myriad of commuter or touring tires that do very well preventing flats and that peace of mind is great.

Still, I have been lusting for something lighter and sportier. I don't want anything with full-on race geometry and like the idea of the plush road bikes that are out there. While I would like to be light enough for a full carbon frame and more trusting of it, the Secteur Comp and Elite have both caught my eye.

I haven't been able to find anything on the weight limit of the bike. All I have been able to find is something on Specialized's site about carbon components having a weight limit between 240-250 lbs. The exact wording on the webesite is weird, but it says something along the lines of "if you are approaching 250 lbs and more than 240," Specialized does not recommend carbon seat posts. Both the Comp and Elite have carbon posts, so I understand that I am still a tad too heavy at 250 lbs. Still, it does not speak of the frame's weight limit.

The Comp has the carbon seat stays which seem like they would offer a little smoother ride than the full aluminum frame. I am curious if one of those has a lower weight limit than the 240-250 lbs published for carbon components. Another 10 lbs (maybe a little more if you consider the weight of clothes and gear) and I am going to be down to where I need to be. Sadly, I think I will be the weight I need to be before I will have the money (thanks to an unexpected purchase of a new fridge). Gotta love owning a home and the constant money into it which you throw.
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Old 05-16-11, 09:04 AM   #2
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I have one (Elite Apex) and love it.

The seatpost is "carbon wrapped alloy" which translates to "an aluminum seatpost that we wrapped some carbon around to make it sexy." I was 285 when I bought mine and have 700+ miles on it with no issues. (I did replace the wheels, but the ones that came stock weren't bad.)
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Old 05-16-11, 09:50 AM   #3
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When I took up biking again late last summer I purchased a 2009 Specialized Sequoia which I believe was replaced by the Secteur in 2010. I've had no issues other than flats which I remedied with armadillo elite tires. Great bike.
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Old 05-16-11, 09:59 AM   #4
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I got a Secteur Elite Apex a few months ago and love it so far. Spec's manuals are downloadable here and the appendix has weight charts (looks like 300 lbs rider/cargo is the max):

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...ServiceManuals
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you could always go steel also... Steel is lighter and sexier these days. (I lucked into a Colnago Steel frame and built around it)


but if I hadnt found this I was considerring a gunnar (made by waterford but instead of custom fittings they come in stock sizes).
my total weight of the bike is sub 20lbs probably in the 16lb -18lb range - not sure though

just my 2 cents though
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Old 05-16-11, 01:17 PM   #6
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I've got the Secteur Apex Elite. I was 240 pounds when I got it and its holding up just fine. I'm doing about 30 miles a day 4-5 days a week commuting and riding on weekends
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you could always go steel also... Steel is lighter and sexier these days. (I lucked into a Colnago Steel frame and built around it)


but if I hadnt found this I was considerring a gunnar (made by waterford but instead of custom fittings they come in stock sizes).
my total weight of the bike is sub 20lbs probably in the 16lb -18lb range - not sure though

just my 2 cents though
I actually prefer steel bikes. While something like a Colnago or Waterford is out of my reach budget-wise, the Jamis Quest is in the same price range as the upper-end Secteur model. I always felt like aluminum bikes have no soul, but now it is almost a dark force calling my name.
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I have an Allez. 230 lbs and don't think a thing about pounding the heck out of it. I think some Secteurs and Allezs come with Mavic rims. Might be worth looking for.
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I started on an 2011 Secteur Elite Apex at about 240lbs. It's a great bike.
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I've had no issues other than flats which I remedied with armadillo elite tires. Great bike.
Good point about the flats. In my experience, the Specialized All-Condition tires are crap.
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Yes, the specialized tires are garbage.
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Put many hundreds of miles on my bike and haven't had any probs with the tires.
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I just bought a new 2011 Specialized Secteur Elite Apex, and I LOVE the crap out-ta my bike. Had a choice of this or a Tarmac, I felt that I wasn't ready to jump start onto a tarmac where I wouldn't be as comfortable. My main cause is to loose weight and I am sure this is the bike to do it.
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What an ass-cover by Specialized... You can see the weight limits for all the bike here: http://service.specialized.com/colla...l-Appendix.pdf

It looks like *most* of them have a limit of 275 and the fancier bikes have lower weight limits. That's for rider + cargo. They have some weird sliding table for rider + cargo to determine if you're over the limit even if the total is under... very strange.

I think they're being extraordinarily conservative though.
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I bought a 2010 Secteur and love it. I weigh in at 290 and it rides like a dream.

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I just picked up a 2013 Specialized Secteur expert disc compact as my 1st road bike replacing my 2013 Trek Marlin mountain bike with road tires.
The guys at the LBS know my weight (280#) & said it should have no problem hauling me around, it also has the carbon seat post.
I only have a few hundred miles on it so far so I can't state with 100% certainty how it will do in the long run but it's a huge improvement over my old Trek on the bike trails.
the Secteur is so much smoother to ride & much lighter, I hope it holds up over the long run.
I'm also going to test ride a Roubaix with a Cobl Gobl-R Carbon Seat post to see how much it smooths out the ride since the seat post is coming soon as an accessory.

At the Trek store they tried to steer me away from the road bikes as I was right at the weight limit, my weight was not an issue at the Specialized store.
Now my Secteur is not one of the tiny road race bikes but it is a large noticeable improvement over my old Marlin!
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