Te mortuo heres tibi sim?
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East coast
Bikes: hardtail, squishy, fixed roadie, fixed crosser
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I know quite a few dudes your size who are riding the piss out of air forks, without any troubles. And some on coil as well. Find something that suits your budget, ride it. At your size, and if your budget supports doing so, I'd suggest something with a thru-axle, either 15mm or 20mm. Nicely stiffens up the front end - something very noticeable at my 150# even.
Re: tubeless. Same thing. Know a lot of big dudes on tubeless, no issues. IMO, here it's worthwhile to do it with full UST tires, as they're just going to work better running not-crazy high pressures at your weight, without folding the sidewalls over or feeling like mush. Fatter tires will let you get away with less pressure for better traction, and less teeth jarring, and less destroying of wheels around here.
Plus, they withstand the rock stuff around here without being slashed as much as non-ust tires. Again, IMO.
Take the train up to Sprain/Graham/Blue and ride the **** out of things. I'm up in Danbury, CT - ride those spots a fair bit.
Last edited by scrublover; 11-19-12 at 07:46 AM.