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    New Clydesdale here.

    Greetings all,

    Just registered and was extremely pleased to come across this section as I am 6 feet tall and weigh about 320 pounds.

    I am looking for a bike (mountain or hybrid), something sturdy enough to handle trail work but also something to handle flat terrain bike rides with my wife. I am looking to stay under $450, but aside from the price point and the fact that it needs to be able to handle my weight, I don't really have any preferences.

    I have looked around the internet for days but have not found any real solid advice or recommendations.

    Thank you all in advance for the advice and guidance !!!

    Cheers,
    Frank Z.

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    I have been looking around and have found the Diamondback Overdrive

    http://www.diamondback.com/bikes-mou...29er-overdrive

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    Welcome to the board! By the way, there are a bunch of other threads started by people in your same situation on the front page of this subforum - feel free to scope those out too.

    Your best bet is probably a used hardtail mountain bike.

    For the one you linked - can you lock the fork out? Cheap forks are likely to give you problems at your weight.

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    I will look into that and I have already start to look at the other threads on here.

    As for "locking the fork out" you mean am I able to adjust so it acts fixed and not like suspension is supposed to ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iostreamz View Post
    I will look into that and I have already start to look at the other threads on here.

    As for "locking the fork out" you mean am I able to adjust so it acts fixed and not like suspension is supposed to ?
    Exactly. Suspension may sound like a good idea, but even good ones will wear a heavy person out with the pumping, and cheap ones flop around all over the place.
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    Where are you at? I have a nice hard tail that should fit you.

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    A recurring theme will develop, but it's all very similar: Get a hard tail mountain bike and ride the heck out of it. I'm my opinion, repacling the front suspension fork with a rigid one is almost a must at that price point; you'd still be able to enjoy the trails and our will be much more pleasant to pedal (no mushiness nor fear of destroying a cheaper fork). Here's a pic of my old hard tail as an example:

    "I had this baby hand made in Tuscany, from titanium blessed by the pope. It weighs less than a fart, and costs more than a divorce..."

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    Welcome! With a user name like that are you a programmer?

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    Suspension fork bikes are very heavy and it makes a big difference. If you have no intention of riding off paved trails go for a solid fork. Off road riding is about twice as strenuous as paved riding.

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    Echoing what's been said, the 90's hardtail MTB made by Trek, (6500, 7000, 8000, 8500), are all over CL and eBay, are fairly bombproof wheels and frame, light for their day, easy to replace components specs, US made, and are fairly cheap. True, you might not like the original susp forks, though many of those prior owners have upgraded the forks along the way.

    If you must have carbon parts or disc brakes, then get out the credit card.

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