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Old 11-08-10, 08:34 AM   #1
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need reccomendation for strong frame.

hey everyone, ive been looking into getting a fixed gear and was wondering if anyone could reccomend a strong frame for me. Ive been riding a bianch forza for the past few years and had no problems with it at all. Im 6'2 300 by the way. Wondering how these steel track frame and forks would hold up to the abuse i put on bikes. I plan on running deep v's on it so just need to find a good frame set for me. If anyone had any advice it would be much appreciated.
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Old 11-08-10, 08:40 AM   #2
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Seems like some of the "trick specific" frames might be a good bet. Volume Cutter and the like. I'm sure there are others, that's just the only one I can pull off the top of my head.
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Welcome to SS/FG.

Are you planning on doing any tricking or are you just looking for a sturdy frame for everyday riding?

Volume Cutter is an amazingly sturdy frame and a good choice. I know everyone thinks I'm a shill for Leader (maybe a little ) but Leader's line of freestyle/trick frames - the Mordecai & Trick Star - are also top notch and can take a buttload of abuse.

http://www.leaderbikestore.com/cat_tracksingle.cfm
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yea not really into tricking. Just something i will feel comfortable on riding around. Thanks for the responses so far guys. Ill check those frames out.
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does your street cred go up with these? I dunno. But they are seriously cool
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If you're not into tricking, those frames may be a little overkill for general purpose. There are a lot of standard frames that are sturdy enough. At 5'10, 200 lbs I prefer a tough-feeling frame too.
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OP: I'd recommend posting this question in the Clydesdales forum, they'll probably have more applicable experience.
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Oh jeez...I thought he said 6'2", 200.
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Id be way more worried about strong wheels than a super strong frame. A good setup for you would most likely be a volume cutter, or something more along the lines of the kilo OS or surly steamroller. I'd guess that either one would work out just fine. Then strong wheels are key. Handbuilt deep v's or chuckers would be a good way to go, likely paired with 32mm tires at a minimum.
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the volume cutter would be a great choice and has room for big tires, which are key. and yes, clydesdales will have good general information about wheels and tires. i'd go with all city hubs, 36 straight gauge spoke wheels, 35c tires, and deep-v's. chuckers are a little too burly for a bike that won't be tricked.

i would also suggest a good crankset, or at very least a euro bb BMX crankset, since that's where a lot of the weight is transferred through the frame.

if you get the right parts in those areas, you'd probably do just as well on a steamroller or scrambler as you will on the cutter. 300 is a lot of weight but unless you're doing stair gaps the forces on the frame should be minimal. if you hop curbs, get the cutter. if you just ride, a scrambler would be fine.

of course, if anything installed improperly, it will break. same goes for handbuilt wheels.

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I have a buddy that is (or was) about the same size of the OP. He had a Steamroller and loved it. I think he started the "Show me your Steamrollers" thread.

Mitchell,
Most frames can handle your weight. They key will be to get 32 or even 36 spoke wheels that will act as subtle dampeners. 25c tires will also help a lot.
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thanks for all the responses. The steamroller looks good and suitable for me plus some of the harsher streets i ride on, little more then i wanted to spend, but o well.
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