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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 06-12-14, 12:17 PM   #1
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First Mtn Bike for 330lbs

Hello all,

Im in the market for a first time Mtn bike i am looking to shed some of the wieght i have recently gained.

Currently i am 6'3 330lbs. My budget is $700 and am looking for something that will hold up to local off road trails. small jumps, hills, roots and such.

Any help would be appricated. I am heading to 2 local shops next week. REI and BGI Indy as i am located in indianapolis.

Just loooking for info and brands to avoid brands to look at. Number of spokes for a strong wheel. Strong crank to hold my weight etc........

I am mechanically inclined have worked on cars since i was 14 now am 24. But looking for something that i can ride first and upgrade if need be.

Thanks for any help

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Old 06-12-14, 12:48 PM   #2
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I'd go for a 29er at your height, should fit on a Large w/o a problem. Fine fit with different stem and seatpost offset if needed. With 29's don't go by stand over the top tube. You will only be standing over with both feet flat footed maybe 3-5% of the time of riding. Go by how it feels riding it. Knees shouldn't be hitting the bars or anything even going uphill.

Here's a couple that should work and worthy frames to hang upgraded parts on. ie wheelset and better fork. These oem forks will not like jumping.
Trek X-Caliber 6 (Gary Fisher Collection) - Bicycle Garage Indy - Indianapolis and Greenwood, IN

Better spec'd with 9speed drive train vs Trek still using 8sd stuff
Cannondale Trail 29er 6 - Bicycle Garage Indy - Indianapolis and Greenwood, IN

Cannondale Trail 29er 5 - Bicycle Garage Indy - Indianapolis and Greenwood, IN
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Old 06-12-14, 02:21 PM   #3
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Checkout the Motobecane Fantom 29 Trail 29er MTB @ $600

www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom29_trail_xii.htm

At 6' 3" = 21in

Call customer service for sizing suggestions...

If you need assistance with assembly instructions, here it is:

www.bikesdirect.com/instructionhelp.htm

The bike will arrive 90% assembled already!

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Old 06-12-14, 02:34 PM   #4
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Welcome.

I wouldn't worry about brand too much. I'd focus more on components, especially the fork if you're getting a MTB.

Check Craigslist for something used. I don't think $700 buys you a very good MTB new. For your weight and height, I'd want a susp fork with 32mm stanchions, something like a Rock Shox or better...and I'd be a bit leery of the cheaper 28mm stanchion, lower end fork stuff out there. I'd also want some tough rims. I don't think you can get into something like that for 7 bills new, something that would be tough enough for you. I'm not a big fan of cheap suspension forks. I'd guess you'd be around $1000 to get a new MTB with a decent fork. Someone may re-educate me on that.

If you aren't familiar:

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However, for that money used, I bet you can find a good used bike that cost a lot more than that amount new, and is of higher quality but a couple seasons old.

If you go new, REI has a ridiculously good return policy, that might be something to consider. The REI here locally is having their big garage sale this Saturday. I don't know if they have bikes in that, but if they do, good time to score a deal. They have 20% off coupons and sales on bikes pretty regularly, and the coupons are good on Novara bikes sometimes.

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Thanks for all of the info and the diagram of the front suspension. Will be heading to the shops this comming monday to test some bikes out and find out what size frame i will need. I assume large but would rather make sure.

And just personal preference when it comes to wanting something new. Would rather start with something i know is solid and no cracks in the welds or anything and build from there.

Will keep you updated on what i get.
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What sort of riding are you looking to do? Serious off-road (single-track) or wider flat dirt paths?
At your height, definitely get a 29'er or 27.5 wheel size, they'll fit better. Definitely try a bike with hydraulic discs, they're significantly better than cables.

I wouldn't worry too much about upgrading. At your price range you're likely looking at decent hard tail bike. The main upgrade paths from there are buying a full-suspension bike (more challenging off-road) or a CX bike (faster on trails). In either case, your best upgrade is an entirely new bike.
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Old 06-13-14, 02:46 PM   #7
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I have the Storm Comp 29 or get the Storm Sport 29er. BEST VALUES BAR NONE IN THAT PRICE RANGE! PLUS it's 30% BACK WEEKEND! I've really enjoyed my Storm!! Pretty quick and nibble for a MTB.

PERFORMANCE has a couple of stores in Indianapolis. Also, check out the GT bikes they offer too!

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Old 06-23-14, 01:26 PM   #8
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Finally got to the stores this past week/weekend. Ended up going with Performance Bicycle because of customer service that was offered and best value for the bike i wanted.

Ended up going with a 2014 Diamondback Overdrive Expert 29 Large that they had in stock at the time. Took it for a test ride in the parking lot along with a GT they had there and a FUJI.

the Diamondback felt the most solid and was even below budget so that always helps. here is a link to the bike i got.

Diamondback Overdrive Expert 29er Mountain Bike - 2014 Performance Exclusive - 29er Mountain Bikes

Already put about 4 hours of just road ridding into it this past saturday and sunday. and looking to get on to the local trails here in Indy on my day off wednesday.
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That's awesome! glad you got a good bike and already enjoy riding it!
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Get a bike with a good fork....ask me how I know.

Ha Ha. RockShox or better.
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Old 06-30-14, 06:37 AM   #11
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Well made it out to the local Singletrack trail here in Indy (town run) Got about 1/3 of the way though the course when i went to shift before a hill and i guess the gear didnt catch and the chain fell between my 2-3 rear gear ( Dont know if thats the right term) But then went to peddle and didnt notice it and bent the Number 2 gear at about a 30 degree angle.

So first time out wasnt bad at all the bike felt solid and was comfortable around the turns and even did one drop before the bike broke.

I took the bike back to Performance Bicycle here on the Northside of Indy and they replaced the rear casette with no questions asked in under 5 mins. Couldnt be more happy with the service i have recieved from this store.

Will be heading back out this wednesday hopefully to try and get a full 7 Mile lap in.
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I am 6' 3" and around 380. I picked up a Raleigh "Talus" 29er and love it. I also had my old Centurion "Le Mans" 12 speed road bike gone through and I rid it also. Sometimes I like to go a bit faster with less rolling resistance and that is where the road bike comes in.

That said I tried out a Raleigh 62 cm road bike and it was smooth.
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Congrats on the new bike!!
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