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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 05-30-13, 08:09 PM   #1
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Clyde on carbon frame?

I posted a week or so ago about looking into getting a secteur. Went to my lbs today, that showed they had a secteur in my size online. I got in, and asked about it and they said it was in the box and still needed to be built up. However, I come across a Roubaix in my size, and next thing I know I'm taking it around the block. It was a tremendous bike, and now this is suddenly in the mix. I want to know f I'd have any issues with a carbon frame with my weight (330lbs and dropping) I know these wheels had 18/32 spokes which is less than the secteur and that'd be a concern at some point. But would the frame hold up just as well as an aluminum?
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Old 05-30-13, 08:51 PM   #2
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Old 05-30-13, 09:05 PM   #3
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The frame is very strong. The wheels will be the weak point, but aren't going to suddenly collapse under you. 18/32 seems like a weird combination though... I would double check that. If you like the Roubaix, have the money, and are really committed to riding, get it and don't look back.
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The carbon seat post has a tag with a weight limit advisory and your are over it. I think it is 230 lbs. I changed mine as the thought of splintered carbon taking aim at my butt is not comforting.
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If you like the Roubaix, have the money, and are really committed to riding, get it and don't look back.
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Personally, I plan on a Carbon Bike as a reward for hitting 180, which I hope to hit in time fro my birthday Century in Oct. Not that I don't think one would hold up to my 217 now. It just gives me something to shoot for.
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+2. I bought a 7 year old carbon framed bike and I love it! Early carbon bikes were fairly delicate, but the modern frames are at least as strong as aluminum frames (i think theyre way stronger, but thats my opinion). That Roubaix frame is awesome, and is designed to take a bit of a beating (if you don't already know, look up the Roubaix stage during the Tour de France).

If the seat post truly has a 230lb limit, buy a used stronger one and save the lighter one for when you drop a few more lbs.

I'm at 240lbs right now and I'm sure I exceed the limit of my Ritchey carbon post--but that motivates me to stay on the pedals... Lol!

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If it floats your boat and you're got the cash in your hip pocket, go for it. I ride carbon road and track bikes at 120kg/260lb. Pushing my track bike at 60km/h through the banked turns on a velodrome had me a little worried at first, but I'm all confidence now. Your wheels will fold up into little spokey heaps before your frame will.
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Yea Rubaix's are fantastic machines. Well worth the cost. Spesh makes some of the best frames out there. And I believe they have a lifetime warranty. I ride an older Fuji carbon frame. Had some noteriety for seat tubes not holding up. Mine's just fine at 190. Get one you'll love it.

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Thanks for all the encouragement everyone. I noticed today my LBS also had last years model of a apex tarmac heavily discounted. Tried it out and felt a lot like the Roubiax in ride quality, just with a bit more leaning forward, But still felt comfortable while riding. With it being a few hundred $ less than the Roubiax, and being red, I Ended up going with the tarmac.

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you can flip the stem up so you don't feel so forward. Nice purchase, you'll love riding it. The geo is more race orientated vs the roubiax but that can be fixed a bit w/ bars and stem combo.
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Wow what a change of direction!!! As someone before me said. The Tarmac is a more race oriented bike. I rode an Allez, which is the Tarmac in aluminum. Rode fantastic, a little more twitchy than a Rubaix or C'Dale Synapse. But it will be a great riding bike no doubt. I would've bought an Allez but for running into a carbon Fuji at a rediculously low price used.

You've got the bike. You showed the pictures. Now go ride the snot out of it and enjoy!!!!!! You did very well, Made a great choice. And have a wonderful bike. Enjoy the heck out of it!

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Nice! Tarmac has quite a tall head tube these days so you should be able to get set up comfortably.

Love the red. I really love the ride of Tarmac over the Roubaix when I tested both.
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Nice looking bike! I asked the same question about clydes on carbon when I first got to this site. People ripped on me about it, since apparently the question gets asked like 8 times a day around here. Generally a frame won't have a weight limit listed, but from what I've seen/heard it's usually not an issue. Just worry about wheels.
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Nice bike!

Only leave the stem "upside-down" for that first picture, then turn it over so the bars aren't so low.

I'd ride the stock seat post.... and just know you should stand a bit when going over hard bumps.
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