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Old 12-24-05, 04:16 PM   #1
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OK Want to get a durable bike for a 6'4" 375 lber

I am going to start to get into a fitness routine and would like a rigid bike that I can ride on loose gravel roads 60 - 70% of the time and roads 20% and dirt 10%. I need it to last but do not want to break the bank either. I saw a Kona that looked pretty beefy last week but forget the name. I will be riding some hilly areas.

Like the thread says... I am 6'4" tall and a xxxxl frame and build 375lbs at the moment and hope to drop 80+ lbs by the end of the summer doing toe health club + physical trainer and nutritionist thing.


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Old 12-24-05, 04:29 PM   #2
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Co-Motion bikes have a new 2006 model for big riders. The frame is 4130 and the wheels are bomb proof.
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Old 12-24-05, 04:55 PM   #3
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http://www.konaworld.com/shopping_ca...9&parentid=253
Made for guys your size. There are a few guys who are riding this bike who are bigger than you and trail riding, if you can imagine that.
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Depending on your budget, you might look at a Habanero Titanium frame.
I believe Mark will custom build a frame with tubing to suit rider weight. (varying wall thickness)

http://www.habcycles.com/
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Old 12-25-05, 09:09 AM   #6
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While others will offer many bike names and models there
is but one that WILL take all the abuse any person of most
any weight can dish out on any terrain you can pedal on...........

Worksman.

No other need apply for the job of indestrictable tank of a bike that
these machines are. Heavy?? Yes, but they need to be to put up with
the use/abuse that they are built for. These ain't no sissy bikes , mate.

Go to their site to order a Worksman built to your specs at a working
mans price ( a fully loaded Worksman is under $800 !!) in your choice
of color. They will build it and ship it to your door. Such a deal.

For what little they cost a Worksman is the longest lasting bargain out there.

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Old 12-25-05, 09:30 AM   #7
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The difference between a Worksman and a Co-motion is that the como will weigh as much as it needs to, the worksman will weigh as much as it can. Co-mo will be sportier and more fun.
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The difference between a Worksman and a Co-motion is that the como will weigh as much as it needs to, the worksman will weigh as much as it can. Co-mo will be sportier and more fun.
Sorry, mate but I have to disagree. Worksman is designed to be used in industrial settings with
their Recreational bikes being an offshoot of that business. The poster ask for a durable bike
for a heavy person and I can attest to that use after riding one for 25 years where I retired from.

Worksman takes a lot of grief from folk's who are more concerned with weight and fashion where
Workman is all about being unbreakable......whatever it takes. Given the choice of just one bike for
a lifetime of use , based on a indepth knowledge of bicycles, my choice would be Workman in
a heartbeat. The fact that these machines ARE heavy is really a plus in that they ride like limo's
while being as tough as tanks. The poster will be riding on a wide range of terrain which for all
other bikes means increased maintance or repairs while the Worksman will just giggle at it all and
just keep on trucking. You WILL get there on a Worksman just not in a hurry but with no breakdowns
enroute. Kinda of a good trade I'd say.

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The Kona you might be interested is appropriately named Hoss.
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The Kona you might be interested is appropriately named Hoss.
Just out of curiosity what gage are the spokes? All Worksman are 11 ga. spokes the same as
motorbikes. The "Hoss" may be a great bike but it is not really aimed at the 300lb+ market
now is it??

The impact stress on the spokes and other components is what kills lesser bikes not what they
are called or look like. When you get up in "Clydesdale" range of 350lb+ you NEED a serious
overbuilt bike for simple saftey. Breaking a frame or blowing spokes at speed is serious bad
news and possible life threating injury.

We had guys at the factory that weighed in excess of 500lbs ride the Worksman everyday with
no problems. To me this gives the Worksman a decided edge in safety for this poster on gravel
and dirt at speed. It is unlikely that this poster or myself (I weigh about 375lb too) could ever
break a Worksman which is why I want one so bad. That and the ride........smooooooooth as
silk over gravel or paved road.
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Just out of curiosity what gage are the spokes? All Worksman are 11 ga. spokes the same as
motorbikes. The "Hoss" may be a great bike but it is not really aimed at the 300lb+ market
now is it??
pwrdbytrd, a member here, rides a Kona Hoss, and is is 450 lbs i believe. O'm not sure, he might have gotten new wheels.
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Theres a guy that lives down the street thats your size, he has been riding a Trek forever and a day and hasn't had any problems.

Looks like they handle tings better than I imagined.
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pwrdbytrd, a member here, rides a Kona Hoss, and is is 450 lbs i believe. O'm not sure, he might have gotten new wheels.
I don't think he upgraded the wheelset. He is riding pretty much stock and it's held up great. I'm telling you skip the workman and go with Kona, it will last.
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Old 12-26-05, 08:45 PM   #14
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Definitely get a 29'er.

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Definitely get a 29'er.

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The Mazama from Co motion would be ideal for you, but I am guessing it is not going to be a cheap bike to buy. http://www.co-motion.com/mazama.html

Look for a good mountain bike with a solid wheelset. I am a big rider, 6'4" 285 and I ride an aluminium frame mountain bike and it works really well. Get some tires that are semi-slick and it will make your riding on the road and hard pack trails much more fun. Good luck.
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The Mazama from Co motion would be ideal for you, but I am guessing it is not going to be a cheap bike to buy. http://www.co-motion.com/mazama.html

Look for a good mountain bike with a solid wheelset. I am a big rider, 6'4" 285 and I ride an aluminium frame mountain bike and it works really well. Get some tires that are semi-slick and it will make your riding on the road and hard pack trails much more fun. Good luck.
That is a heavy duty frame. The largest size has a S.O. height of 31". The Karate Monkey largest size has a S.O. of 34". I am sure he would have to extend the seatpost on either one. I was just pointing our the different measurements.
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Here is a bicycle that is new and interesting. Cyclocross frame with 29 inch wheels.



Read all about it.
http://www.antbikemike.com/29er.html
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As a Kona Hoss Dee-Lux owner @ 310 I can say that it is really a durable ride. Infact, for an aluminum frame it's pretty damn comfy. I recently upgraded the fork (there was nothing wrong with it) with a Surly Instigator. Climbing up hills made it feel like I was on a pogo stick. You can also buy the Hoss frame seperately for around $300 and build it up differently if you decide to.

Another option I would recommend is building up a Surly Instigator w/ Tandem Hubs. I think the Co-Motion Mazama is terribly expensive for what it is.

I really think 29" wheels are a bad idea for heavier riders as the wheel won't be as strong as a 26" wheel.
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I gave a test ride on the Mozama last November in Eugene. I weighed 260+ at the time. It's a sweet bike. Weighs as much as my Cannondale F-2000 but has a nicer ride. It can also be broken down to 23 inches if you get their version of an interlock (I forget the name). But yeah the price is hefty, around 3 grand. However, I think it's worth it.
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We had guys at the factory that weighed in excess of 500lbs ride the Worksman everyday with
no problems.
Say what ?
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Just out of curiosity what gage are the spokes? All Worksman are 11 ga. spokes the same as
motorbikes. The "Hoss" may be a great bike but it is not really aimed at the 300lb+ market
now is it??

The impact stress on the spokes and other components is what kills lesser bikes not what they
are called or look like. When you get up in "Clydesdale" range of 350lb+ you NEED a serious
overbuilt bike for simple saftey. Breaking a frame or blowing spokes at speed is serious bad
news and possible life threating injury.

We had guys at the factory that weighed in excess of 500lbs ride the Worksman everyday with
no problems. To me this gives the Worksman a decided edge in safety for this poster on gravel
and dirt at speed. It is unlikely that this poster or myself (I weigh about 375lb too) could ever
break a Worksman which is why I want one so bad. That and the ride........smooooooooth as
silk over gravel or paved road.
I'd love to see and ride one of their bikes. I have not found anything on their website indicating that they have a showroom anywhere. I'll be in Philadelphia in the Spring and would gladly go to New York to test ride and, if satisfied order one.

My 320 pound frame should present no problem. When I was a teen and weighed considerably less. I had a frame fail on me on the way to school. It knocked the wind out of me and bruised my chest where I came down on the handlebars but that was the extent of it. Ever since then I have treated bikes a deal more delicately than to ride them down the concrete stairs as I did with that one.

I am concerned that their largest frame is 20". I wonder if this will be adequate with my 6'3".

There is a rental in Cannon Beach, Oregon that rents their surreys. Maybe they have one of Worksman's recreational single bikes to rent.
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