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    Bike Question

    Hey all,

    Here is a little bit of back story I was a really big dude 450+, almost 3 months ago I had gastric bypass. Since October I have lost over 140 lbs. Putting me currently in the 330 range, but not for long it changes everyday. Now that I am a little lower I am looking at getting a mountain bike. I am looking at the Specialized ROCKHOPPER PRO EVO 29 (LINK: Specialized Bicycle Components).

    What do you all think? Other options?

    Thanks
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    If you are convinced that mountain biking is your preferred direction, it sure looks like a nice bike.

    I personally would drop down to the Rock Hopper 29 model because I am recreational, and not competitive, so I couldn't see paying the extra for marginal performance differences. However, if you have racing aspirations, the extra money may be worth it to you.
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    I think I may want to in the future so that't why I am leaning towards that one. Lots of my coworkers are into it so I may get into it too. After I drop some more weight of course.

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    dayum that's a good looking bike!

    I'll agree with Little Darwin, it's a nice bike ... and if you think you're going to get into racing, by all means go for it. The nice thing about that bike is the front fork can be locked out should you decide to do road riding on the bike as well as MTB.

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    First off, congratulations on the weight loss. That's great.

    What kind of riding do you plan to do (commute to work, working up to a century, gravel roads, logging roads, etc.)? I think it is important to match the bike with the style of riding you have in mind. A friend of mine had a 1980s vintage Rock Hopper, but he rides to work and is doing things like Tour de Cure and Bike MS. He gave the Rock Hopper to his son and bought a Kona Rove because it was better suited to the type of riding he is doing.

    I think there are a lot of us on the forum that made the evolution from mtn bike -> hybrid bike -> road bike. I wish I could have saved some money and just started with the right kind of road bike.

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    Thank you, its been hard, but even with 140 pounds gone I feel SOOOO much better. Able to do more and be more active thus the bike.

    At first I will be doing some dirt trails and stuff of that nature. But I am sure some road will be involved, but I think at some point I will want to start getting into the competitive side of things.

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    If you're looking to ride some dirt trail and roads, you may want to look at cyclocross-type bike. They strike a good balance of off road ability and road riding. Get a bike with 32mm, or wider, tires and you should be able to go anywhere you want - on or off road.


    Quote Originally Posted by OpOrange View Post
    Thank you, its been hard, but even with 140 pounds gone I feel SOOOO much better. Able to do more and be more active thus the bike.

    At first I will be doing some dirt trails and stuff of that nature. But I am sure some road will be involved, but I think at some point I will want to start getting into the competitive side of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OpOrange View Post
    Thank you, its been hard, but even with 140 pounds gone I feel SOOOO much better. Able to do more and be more active thus the bike.
    Awesome, congrats. Losing 140 lbs is like not carrying another person around with you. I'd look for a 29er without a suspension fork at your size, like a Marin Muirwoods. Better to enjoy a new bike now that will help you trim now, trade up later.
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    If that bike will get you our riding then go for it. If you don't like it you can always give it to poster number #9 and get something else .
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