Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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If looking for a bike for a heavyweight, get a Bike with a known strong frame, or at least a long warranty. The cheaper bikes will not have components up to his weight or strength. Suspension? Go hardtail but get a bike with a decent fork that will have some adjustment for weight. The rest of the components, unless you are prepared to get a decent bike, will probably need replacing in the first year.
A friend of mine started 3 years ago, and he is 220lbs. We got a Giant Boulder and got it for the frame alone. First to go were the wheels, Cheap crappy hoopsters, no name hubs, Screw on freehub gears. (Replaced under warranty By Giant for something that would take his weight) Then the bottom bracket, then the forks, then the Crankset, then the deraillers. Got some recompense out of Giant as it was pointed out to them that a 23"frame was not going to be ridden by a lightweight, and they had not built it strong enough for the weight of riders that would use such a large frame. Giant admitted that the majority of cheap mountain bikes sold get used for two weeks, then go in the shed until resold, and cheap mountain bikes very rarely see rain, let alone a bit of mud.
I know it may be above your price but look at the Kona Hoss. The only bike that I know is sold for Clydesdale's. (Big heavy riders). This is the bike that my mate is looking at now, to save him the cost of the bike in replacement parts in the first year.