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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 05-11-13, 08:36 PM   #1
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Hybrid help?

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I currently ride a Trek Navigator 2.0 but would like to upgrade to a bike with a rigid fork and 700c wheels. The Trek has been a decent bike but I really dislike the suspension fork and twist shifters. My LBS only sells Trek. The Trek DS 8.1 is what I would buy if I stayed local. I can mail order a Diamondback Trace for slightly less money. It looks like it has the same drivetrain components plus disc brakes but I'd have no dealer support. If I drive an hour I can find a Raleigh dealer and get something like a Misceo. The base Misceo model has similar low end drivetrain components as the other two but has a cromoly fork vs. hi-ten on the other two. The Jamis Coda Sport looks really nice but I'm not sure if I can put wide tires like the previous three have. I'm 6'1" 330 lbs and have been riding about 10 miles a day on the Navigator on paved roads. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-11-13, 09:39 PM   #2
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i test rode the Trek 7.3FX when i was looking for bikes. It's got click shifters and seemed very comfortable. it has 700x32c wheels on it

my only other comment is definitely get it from a LBS. the free help you get and having someone to talk you through the bike is a big bonus. i know mine offers free adjustments for 2 years and extended warranties on the parts for the bike. that's worth the difference in price for me. i already had them tweak the chain and brakes.
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Old 05-11-13, 10:03 PM   #3
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Look at the Trek 7.2 it is a really nice Bike. I would not go for the DS, unless you went up from the 8.1. & that's more money. I post mostly on the Hybrid forum, and have ridden all the bikes you mentioned. Except the Raleigh, have even rode the Trek Navigator 2.0. That FX 7.2 is probably the most liked Hybrid on the Forum..
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Old 05-11-13, 10:09 PM   #4
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Look at the Trek 7.2 it is a really nice Bike. I would not go for the DS, unless you went up from the 8.1. & that's more money. I post mostly on the Hybrid forum, and have ridden all the bikes you mentioned. Except the Raleigh, have even rode the Trek Navigator 2.0. That FX 7.2 is probably the most liked Hybrid on the Forum..
And have only looked at the Jamis Coda Sport, but it also gets great reviews..
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I've got about 600 miles on a new 7.5 FX and it is by far my favorite bike.
Very comfy!
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IMO at the current weight, you'd be much better off with the Coda Sport, which will take up to 38mm tires.

Another option would be to get either the Schwinn Frontier, the KHS Alite 40, or the Jamis Trail XR. These are all steel framed 26er MTBikes that can deal with just about any stress thrown at 'em. Also, since they have rigid forks, they should be slightly faster and less energy absorbing than any bike that has a suspended fork.

Just swap the stock tires for some slicks and take off! Any of these mtbikes with slicks are more likely to be both faster and more comfortable than that Navigator.

* All of these mtbikes are priced at $350 or below.

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Old 05-12-13, 05:37 AM   #7
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I've got about 600 miles on a new 7.5 FX and it is by far my favorite bike.
Very comfy!
Congrats on your new 7.5
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+1 on the Coda Sport, I ride a Satellite Comp, the Reynolds Steel is warranted for life. Have ridden Treks for 20 years, but they no-longer offer a sub $1000.00 steel bike. My local Jamis dealer has the a 2012 Coda Sport on sale for less than 400.00.
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Thanks for the responses. I will be calling Jamis dealers and see if any have the Coda in stock.
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Navagator 1.0 came with a rigid fork.. suspension corrected as they say.. frame is the same..

N+1, And sell , trade N--1 is always a solution.
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I bought a Trek FX 7.2 yesterday.

The Jamis Coda Sport was not in stock or available to order from the Jamis dealers I called so I went to the local store and checked out the FX. I went on a test ride and was satisfied.
I've been on two ten mile rides so far. The seat is not as bad as I feared but it will be replaced soon. Compared to the Navigator the FX seems faster, shifts better, and there is no creaking sound from the fork.
Thanks again for all the help.

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Old 05-17-13, 09:25 AM   #12
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At your weight, get the spokes properly tensioned. That can go a long way in avoiding future wheel problems.
Maybe the dealer will still do that for free?
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Old 05-17-13, 09:27 AM   #13
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I bought a Trek FX 7.2 yesterday.

.... The seat is not as bad as I feared but it will be replaced soon...
Congratulations. That is a nice bike. As I was reading the thread, I was going to suggest going local, as it appears you don't do your own wrenching. On the seat...most Trek OEM seats are awful. Those are the first things I swap out, even before attaching the pedals and bottle cages, (I've owned three Treks, still have two.) There is a lot of chatter here about seats. Just do a search and you'll learn most of what you need to know. Having said that, I think you might consider a Brooks saddle. Ride safe.
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At your weight, get the spokes properly tensioned. That can go a long way in avoiding future wheel problems.
Maybe the dealer will still do that for free?
+1
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Old 05-17-13, 04:07 PM   #15
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Well done!

Happy Trek 7.2 FX owner here, since March of '10
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congrats on the new bike!
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