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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 02-25-12, 06:44 PM   #1
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hybrid or 29er

I am looking to purchase a bike for fitness driving on mostly crappy paved roads and hard packed gravel roads. price range is $6-700. I am 6ft 265

Bikes I have been looking at include the devinci wellington650 or khs urban extreme599 in the non mountain bike variety and the Gt karakorum 2.0 599 or specilaized hardrock sport 29 599 in the 29er.

In your friendly opinions do i need a bike with a front suspension to drive on the crappy rough roads.

The LBS all have different opinions on this. I cant take any for a test drive as there is still lots of snow around the shops are just transitioning from skiing season.

Thanks Dan
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Old 02-25-12, 07:52 PM   #2
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I'd suggest a 29er, as its a more versatile package imo. I've ridden all of the Specialized ranges of hardrocks thru stumpjumpers (all pretty much the same geo) and own a carbon 29er stumpjumper. The 21" version fits my 6'2" with 33" inseam pretty darn good. I'd suggest whatever is most comfortable for you as any 29er mtn bike will be fine in that range. Definately check out last year specials and demos - heres just a few I found in my area in about 2 mins:

Specialized Rockhopper Comp 29 Black/White 21” 11 - $990 - sale $799
Specialized Rockhopper Expert 29 Single Speed 23” 09 - $1100 sale $699

Not exact, but you get the idea. There are so many deals out there on last years models its pretty silly to buy brand new.

Check out Craigslist to man - tons of deals

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Old 02-25-12, 10:56 PM   #3
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Thanks maiden...I probably am aiming towards the 29er but I get so many different opinions from the 15 or so bike shops I have called my little brain gets in a tailspin. My wife is buying me the bike for an Xmas gift so she set the price. haha

Thanks again
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Old 02-26-12, 10:11 AM   #4
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29er.
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You can't do a 3' drop on a hybrid but you can ride a 29er on a gravel road. In the long run a 29er will be a more versatile and fun.
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+1 29er
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Thanks all for your opinions. One more bike I forgot to mention was the Giant Roam 1. It looks like a good "in betweener" of the hybrid and 29er. Any thought opinions would be appreciated and then I will stop pestering people.

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Old 02-26-12, 06:25 PM   #8
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Take a look at the Cannondale Quick CX series too. They're more of an off road oriented hybrid than strict MTB. Kind of a flat bar cyclocross bike.
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