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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 08-03-13, 06:18 AM   #1
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Aluminum frame for a big guy?

For the last three years I have driven my steel framed LHT. This year I decided to add some variety to my riding so I bought an aluminum framed/carbon forked 2014 Felt F65 cyclocross bike. I am beginning to wonder if this was a good choice since I currently weigh in at 285lb. The F65 is used primarily for 20-50 mi road rides. So far, so good. But I wonder if the frame might give out. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 08-03-13, 06:29 AM   #2
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You will be fine. Keep an eye on the wheels, but I wouldn't worry about any problems with the frame. I suspect even the wheels will be fine, just watch out for potholes and other objects that a 180 lb rider wouldn't worry about.

In fact a lot of manufactures don't even put a weight limit on the frame. With strong, high spoke count wheels, that bike could probably handle 400 lbs.
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Felt has a good warranty.

What does your warranty have? Two or Five years on the frame.

You will some wheel problems, but that is normal for your weight.

Just have the spokes tensioned every 2,000 miles.

Have fun and try to wear it out.
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Trek has a 275 limit on their bikes posted on their site. I thrashed an aluminum frame while weighing in 230-240. Plus a second at 250. Each after 13,000 miles and 3 years. Both were replaced under warranty with Trek's lifetime policy but yeah, aluminum breaks too.



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Just have the spokes tensioned every 2,000 miles.
Every 2000 miles? Somebody needs a new mechanic
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Felt has a lifetime warranty on the frame but for mostly defects (source: website). There are a lot of exclusions including riding with heavy loads, fatigue and normal wear and tear. From what you all have said, I'll just need to be careful. Hopefully, I can get the weight down before the frame or wheels give out. Thanks for info.
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If you don't want them to break.. It's called Preventive Maintenance.
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Felt has a lifetime warranty on the frame but for mostly defects (source: website). There are a lot of exclusions including riding with heavy loads, fatigue and normal wear and tear. From what you all have said, I'll just need to be careful. Hopefully, I can get the weight down before the frame or wheels give out. Thanks for info.
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If you don't want them to break.. It's called Preventive Maintenance.
Somebody is pulling your leg and probably making money off of you. A well built wheel with proper tension will lose tension in the first few hundred miles but once tension is proper the second time, it will hold pretty much maintenance free for thousands and thousands of miles. I'm much heavier than you and my I had to do a minor true at 13,000 miles. One minor true till the brake surface wore out at 20,000 miles.
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I have abused my CAAD9 for 3 years and thousands of miles. I have forced it to carry me around as high as 365lbs. I have yet to have a problem. I am sure it much prefers my slim 315lbs on it now though.
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Somebody is pulling your leg and probably making money off of you. A well built wheel with proper tension will lose tension in the first few hundred miles but once tension is proper the second time, it will hold pretty much maintenance free for thousands and thousands of miles. I'm much heavier than you and my I had to do a minor true at 13,000 miles. One minor true till the brake surface wore out at 20,000 miles.
Yes, you are heavier than me, but I am uglier.
I am referring the the stock wheels that come with a Felt.
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Yes, you are heavier than me, but I am uglier.
I am referring the the stock wheels that come with a Felt.
Guess I can't argue unless I get stung on the face again!
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Don't worry about the aluminum frame. Yes, they can fail. But, usually as the result of work hardening related fatigue after consider use. Like Beanz, I've cracked a few aluminum frames. Mine tended to make it to around 20,000. Although, my 2001 Caad4 is still going with far more than that on it. However, concerns around how it was starting to feel where part of the motivation to pursuing a new frame for me.

As others have stated, wheels are more of a concern. After an initial few hundred km or miles, get them "properly tensioned", not just trued. I'm increasinly convinced that more and more shops don't know how to do this. But, properly tensioned they should last thousands of miles. I haven't touched the wheels I built for myself last year in nearly 10,000 km.
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