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Aluminum Frame for heavy rider

Old 04-20-21, 10:32 AM
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Aluminum Frame for heavy rider

Howdy Ya'll, new member here.
I'm about 300 lbs and starting to try riding again after being idle for some years.
I have an older Specialized Hardrock that I setup for road use a few years ago and it rides excellent, the frame seems plenty strong enough for my weight, although the bike is a couple of inches too tall for me.
I have also acquired Gary Fisher Marlin that fits my height better. I was wondering if the aluminum frame handle my weight as well as the steel frame would. I don't want to put any time into fixing it up if its going to buckle under me after a few miles.
Anyone know the weight limit on this bike or have any general opinions on aluminum bikes?
Thanks
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Old 04-20-21, 12:13 PM
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Aluminum frames dominate the mid-priced bike market. Why? Because manufacturers like to keep their frame warranty replacement numbers low.

Carbon frames are coming down in price but still cost more than aluminum frames for a given quality level. Steel frames are heavier than aluminum at comparable levels of reliability. The lightness of aluminum means that manufacturers can "overbuild" frames for strength and reliability without a significant weight penalty.

That said, all three frame materials can give adequate or better service. Wheel strength is a much hotter topic in the Clydesdale/Athena forum.
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Thank You for your response. I think that answers my question.
I'll start working on it this weekend.
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At 230, 2 broken aluminum frames, each with 13,000 miles. No broken carbon with more miles 17,000 on the frame than the alum. I have a friend 200 pounds with a steel DeRosa frame that broke.

Everything breaks. Just ride your bike till it breaks.

Agree, the rear wheel will be more of an issue.

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I’m well beyond the 200 lb range. I have owned several aluminum bikes for various applications and still own some. I have a touring bike that is used for load road touring...me and up to 60 lb of gear...with 10,000 miles heavily ladened miles on it. No issues. My commuter bike is a aluminum cyclocross bike with close to 25,000 miles on it with no issues. It carries less load but has more miles. Two of my mountain bikes are aluminum and they get pounded hard...and those aren’t “mid range” bikes.

Aluminum is up to the task.
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I was 385 and rode a Cannondale aluminum frame road bike with no problems.
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I'm right where you are weight-wise, and ride aluminum frames, both road and mountain, without any problems. rear wheels will take the majority of the abuse, and may require replacement, but that's probably about it. Just use quality components and keep it tuned/trued, and you'll get may happy miles out of it.

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Thanks for feedback y’all. I feel much better about this bike. Now I just need to find time to actually ride it
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