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Old 07-01-09, 08:24 AM   #1
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K2 ZED, need some unbiased opinions.

Hi, I am pretty new to the forum and hang in the clydes section for the most part but since my question is about a mtn bike I thought I would post it here.

I just bought a K2 ZED 3.2 and its intended use will be to ride on the street for the most part as I am using it to keep my weight loss going (I am down more than 200 pounds so far), I went with a mtn bike because of my size but I don't think that I will be taking it on any trails any time soon (besides a short maybe 250 feet worth of a path and over some grass then up a dirt road, which is part of the route that I will be riding it for exercise to start) I can't seem to find much info on this bike online and thought that asking here I might get some of my answers.

First (and most important) question is are K2 bikes ok quality wise? I know that its not some high end be all end all bike but it seemed beefy (the frame) and is part of why I was drawn to it.

2nd is all of the components on it, they seem pretty decent to me and work as they should (I have only ridden about 6 miles on the bike so far and honestly this is my first bike in about 18 years so it seems far better than my old Schwinn super la tour) but are they decent components? here is the list of whats on it, I literally just looked at each part to see what it was so that I could list it.

TekTro Iox disc brakes

Sram x-4 shifters

Sram 3.0 rear derailleur

Sram front derailleur (it just says SRAM on it, no numbers)

26'' Kenda Klaw XT tires

SR SUNTOUR XCT V2 forks

Cane Creek VP A42E headset

Frame is 6061 heat treated aluminum and says "six thousand series K2 bicycles" and "ZED 3.2"

3rd, the pedals look like plastic or resin? me being a generally large fella 6'5'' tall and more than 300# currently (coming down with the weight daily) I think it would be a good idea to replace the pedals sooner than later, any recommendations for some decent quality pedals that will hold up to a big ol fella riding yet won't cost me my first born?

The crank arms look beefy as well but is this an area to look at for an upgrade at some point with me being a heftier rider? or am I just being paranoid.

I apologize for all of the newbie questions and the lengthy post but alas mama always said that the only dumb question was the one unasked.

Thanks for any and all opinions, and or replies.

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Old 07-01-09, 10:08 AM   #2
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1) Yes.
2) For what you're planning on doing, yeah, they're fine.
3) Huh. The OEM pedals I got on my '06 Zed 3.0 were Wellgo cages, no resin/plastic. I'd get new ones. You got pics?
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Ka_jun, Thanks for the answer so far, and ask and you shall receive, here is a pic I just took of the pedals they say "Feimin" on them. any recommendations on decent STRONG pedals that are fair where price is concerned?



and here is a pic of the whole bike.



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Nice ride. If you like that type of platform with the pegs, do a search. There are similar pedals that are sturdier, or are you thinking of going clipless?
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I do like the style that is on there with the studs, I am just worried about the extra weight that I will be placing on them and the possibility of snapping the shaft with these plastic ones that are on there now. When looking around (google) I am not seeing a weight limit on any of the pedals, I expect to have to stand and pedal here and there and really would like to avoid getting hurt if a pedal decides to go ya know? lol I may be prematurely expecting a problem but when you are a big guy you have to consider all angles usually.

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Ask in the Clydes section, I'm sure they'd have some ideas if you're worried about it.
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