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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 09-16-12, 01:57 PM   #1
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Do older road bikes support weight?

Hi,

Looking into getting back into biking and have found a 1996 r900 Cannondale. It looks like a lightweight frame and am concerned that it will hold up to my 270lbs. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!
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Just do it.
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Get the wheels serviced (hubs overhauled, spokes tensioned) and ride.
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From the bits of threads I have seen and read...I would agree with IthaDan...
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Thanks, those were the answers I was hoping for!
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I have a 98 R900 but if I am correct the 96 version may have had a different set up as far as frame. The seat stays met the chain stays short of the axle.

Cannondale believed it was a mthod to make the frame stiffer for racing. But from what i was told, they went back to the conventional design as many frames have developed cracks in that area.

If it were me, I'd inspect those joints before purchase. I've seena few posted here on the site with good results but I'm just going by what I was told when I asked the question in 98 as they returned to the conventional design.
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Google search on 96 r900...check out where the seat stay meets the chain stay before the axle.


cannondale-r900-2859_1 by mrbeanz1, on Flickr

My 98 r900....seat stay meets the chain stay at the axle.


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Get the wheels serviced (hubs overhauled, spokes tensioned) and ride.
^^ And beanz is also correct - inspect any bike before you buy. Many happy miles.
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I have a 98 R900 but if I am correct the 96 version may have had a different set up as far as frame. The seat stays met the chain stays short of the axle.

Cannondale believed it was a mthod to make the frame stiffer for racing. But from what i was told, they went back to the conventional design as many frames have developed cracks in that area.

If it were me, I'd inspect those joints before purchase. I've seena few posted here on the site with good results but I'm just going by what I was told when I asked the question in 98 as they returned to the conventional design.
Thanks a lot for the heads up. I hope to check it out later this week.
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^^ And beanz is also correct - inspect any bike before you buy. Many happy miles.
Well DUH, don't buy a busted bike. But once you've inspected it and learned it's not cracked and rideable...

just do it.
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Well DUH, don't buy a busted bike. But once you've inspected it and learned it's not cracked and rideable...

just do it.
The point is to inspect the bike. Thanks for being a dick.
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The point is to inspect the bike. Thanks for being a dick.
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